The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing potential availability of grant agreements for the purpose of leveraging NRCS resources, addressing local natural resource issues, encouraging collaboration and developing state- and community-level conservation leadership. Proposals will be accepted for projects located in North Dakota.
The purpose of Conservation Collaboration Grant Agreements is to leverage NRCS and partner resources to:
- Improve soil health.
- Improve landscape performance in dealing with water quantity issues; either excess or inadequate, and downstream impacts.
- Improve water quality.
- Improve habitat for local wildlife species of concern.
- Improve the environmental and economic performance of working agricultural lands.
- Assist communities and groups to build and strengthen local food projects that provide healthy food and economic opportunities.
Emphasis will be placed on projects that:
- Build technical capacity to implement Farm Bill Conservation Programs.
- Build technical capacity of NRCS and partner field conservation employees.
- Build the capacity of local partners to develop and implement effective projects.
- Leverage non-Federal and non-government resources to achieve positive natural resources conservation outcomes.
- Estimated total available by state: $4,000,000
- Minimum: $20,000
- Maximum: $1,000,000
- Applicants and applications must meet eligibility criteria by the application deadline to be considered for award. Eligible applicant type is determined by the implementing program statute. Applicant entities identified in the SAM.gov Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program (2 CFR 200.205(d)).
- Applicants must be a Federally recognized tribal governments, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, or institution of higher learning. Entities may submit more than one application as long as the proposals are for different projects and entities may receive more than one award.
- Any individual award made pursuant to this NFO will be made to a single entity. Applicants that apply as “partnerships” or other similar groupings must clearly describe the relationship between the applicant and the “partner” parties. In all but exceptional cases, it must be reflected in the award as an awardee/sub awardee relationship.
- An applicant organization may submit more than one application.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330922