The Conservation Partners Program (CPP) is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and Altria.
The purpose of the partnership is to provide grants on a competitive basis to advance the implementation of three complementary priorities: NRCS’s Landscape Conservation Initiatives, NFWF’s Conservation Priorities, and the NRCS-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnership – “Working Lands for Wildlife.” In order to maximize benefits in these priority areas, CPP targets investments in identified Program Priority Areas (PPAs).
To that end, the program will support projects that accelerate on-the-ground delivery and implementation of NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill conservation programs within the Program Priority Areas listed below through technical assistance activities; the incorporation of the best available science in applying conservation systems and strategically focusing resources where the greatest conservation opportunities exist; increased landowner/manager awareness and participation in NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill programs; and identifying and promoting positive economic outcomes as a result of conservation system implementation.
Competitive proposals will be focused on one of the six PPAs: Grassland Bird Habitat; Great Lakes; Mississippi River Basin; Pacific Salmon; Soil Health – North Carolina and Columbia River Valley; and Working Lands for Wildlife.
CPP is a nationwide program with specific priority areas where funding will be directed. A total of approximately $4.6 million will be made available through this funding opportunity. Typical grant awards will range from $50,000 to $300,000. Projects may be funded for up to three years from the completion of a grant agreement. For all requests a match of at least 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind is required and will be considered in the application review process.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, farmer and commodity-led organizations, educational institutions, tribal governments, and state or local units of governments (e.g. state agricultural and/or conservation agencies, counties, townships, cities, conservation districts, utility districts, drainage districts, etc.). Ineligible applicants include individuals, federal government agencies, and for-profit entities.
NFWF will host an applicant webinar on July 10 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Full proposals are due August 7 by 11:59 PM, with awards to be announced in mid-November. All application materials must be submitted online through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Easygrants system.
See the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for a detailed description of the program’s objectives and priorities, evaluation criteria and metrics, and application instructions.