Monday, June 15, 2015

NRCS Reminds Landowners To Apply For Chesapeake Bay Grants

Denise Coleman, State Conservationist for the Pennsylvania USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is reminding partners to submit applications for the second round of funding for the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
In May, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the opening of this second round of funding, making $235 available nationwide. Pennsylvania NRCS anticipates receiving approximately $900,000 for state projects.
RCPP, created by the 2014 Farm Bill, focuses on public-private partnerships to enable private companies, local communities and other non-government partners a way to invest in conservation efforts to improve our water supply, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat, and protect agricultural viability.
In addition to USDA financial assistance funds, partners will expand upon conservation efforts of the NRCS by contributing funds and in-kind services such as outreach and technical assistance.
Funding for RCPP is allocated to projects in three different categories: Critical Conservation Areas, which locally includes the Chesapeake Bay, National, and State.
Eligible partners interested in applying should consult the announcement for program funding, which outlines requirements for proposal applications.
For additional information on RCPP, Click Here.

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