Natural Resources Conservation Service

Title Due Date Maximum Award Amount Description
Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program $350,000.00

SUMMARY INFORMATIONFederal Awarding Agency Name: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service - Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (OUAIP)Notice of Funding Opportunity Title: Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants ProgramNotice of Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-UAIP-23-NOFO0001230Assistance Listing: This program is listed in the assistance listings on Sam.gov under 10.935, Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production.SAM is a web-based, government-wide application that collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the Federal Government's trading partners in support of the contract awards, grants, and electronic payment processes.Notice of Funding Opportunity SummaryThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), under the OUAIP, is soliciting applications from eligible entities to host the UAIP Competitive Grants pilot project.The primary goal of the UAIP pilot project is to support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production. The two types of UAIP grants being made available for application under this NFO are Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. Planning Projects are projects that will initiate, develop, or support the efforts of farmers, gardeners, citizens, government officials, schools, members of tribal communities, and other stakeholders in areas where access to fresh foods are limited or unavailable. Implementation Projects are for accelerating existing and emerging models of urban and/or innovative agricultural practices that serve multiple farmers or gardeners. Innovation may include new and emerging, as well as traditional or indigenous, agricultural practices.For new users of Grants.gov, see section D. for information about steps required before applying through Grants.gov.Key DatesApplicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on (March 27, 2023). For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=345615
Minnesota (MN) Fiscal Year (FY) 23 Grant Agreement Notice of Funding Opportunity for For-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations $1,000,000.00

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United StatesDepartment of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing 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 in Minnesota. Proposals are requested from eligible applicants identified in Section C.1 of this document for competitive consideration of grant agreement awards for projects up to three years in duration. Proposed projects must be performed in Minnesota for the initiatives and activities identified in Section A of this document. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in fiscal year 2023 may be up to $4,000,000. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=345538
Conservation Collaboration Cooperative Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Announcement for Program Funding – NORTH DAKOTA $2,500,000.00

Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing potential availability of cooperative 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. Proposals are requested for competitive consideration for cooperative agreement awards for projects between 1 and 4 years in duration. See Section C.1 of this announcement for eligible applicant type. Entities may submit more than one application as long as the proposals are for different projects and entities may receive more than one award. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov. Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 11, 2023. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.) Questions related to eligibility or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. The agency anticipates making selections by April 2, 2023 and expects to execute awards by September 1, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=345345
Conservation Collaboration Grant Agreements Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Announcement for Program Funding – NORTH DAKOTA $1,000,000.00

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.Proposals are requested for competitive consideration for grant agreement awards for projects between 1 and 4 years in duration. See section C.1 of this announcement for eligible applicant types. Entities may submit more than one application as long as the proposals are for differentprojects and entities may receive more than one award.This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant.This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is being released prior to appropriation and/or apportionment of funds for fiscal year 2023. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov.Key Dates:Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on March 1, 2023. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts.For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.) Questions related to eligibility or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed.The agency anticipates making selections by April 2, 2023 and expects to execute awards by September 1, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=345155
Mississippi Easements Programs Restoration Agreements $15,000,000.00

Notice of Funding Opportunity SummaryThis Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is being released prior to appropriation and/or apportionment of funds for fiscal year 2023. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is seeking support from natural resource conservation partners to work together to help enhance conservation delivery in the State of Mississippi. The overall intent of this announcement is to solicit partnerships to help enhance the implementation of key conservation objectives and priorities outlined further in this document. Proposals will be accepted from eligible entities delivering conservation programs and services in Mississippi for competitive consideration of awards for projects between one (1) and five (5) years in duration. NRCS anticipates the amount of funding available for this announcement will be approximately $5,000,000 annually which will be awarded to multiple recipients. All applicants must be capable of providing support throughout the State of Mississippi. Proposals are requested from city or township governments, county governments, federally recognized Native American tribal governments, nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education), nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education) private institutions of higher education, public and State‐controlled institutions of higher education, special district governments, or State governments. Entities may use this opportunity to request additional funding for existing Mississippi partnership agreements.This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant applications may be eliminated from competition and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. The Mississippi State Conservationist reserves the right not to fund any or all applications. NRCS will accept applications under this notice for single or multiyear applications submitted by eligible entities.For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov.Key DatesApplicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on January 21, 2023. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts.For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.) Questions related to eligibility or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. The agency anticipates making selections by January 25, 2023 and expects to execute awards by February 15, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=345088
Minnesota Fiscal Year (FY) 23 Grant Agreement Notice of Funding Opportunity $250,000.00

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is being released prior to appropriation and/or apportionment of funds for fiscal year 2023. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. 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 Tribal and community-level conservation leadership in Minnesota. Proposals are requested from Federally recognized tribal governments for competitive consideration of grant agreement awards for projects for up to 3 years in duration for the following initiatives: Tribal Food Sovereignty and Food Production Grants: Tribal food sovereignty is the right of American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians to produce their own traditional foods on their own lands to sustain themselves, their families and their communities. The overall objectives of these grants are to increase Tribal food sovereignty in Minnesota by supporting best practices that enhance the following: · Production of food, fiber, wildlife and forestry products using conservation systems to support American Indian culture and sovereignty. · Creation or enhancement of sustainably produced and processed food markets. · Conservation education, traditional food production education, stewardship and natural resource management. Reaching Out to Historically Underserved Clients and providing Technical and Financial Assistance. The overall objective of this category is to provide outreach to historically underserved clients to increase technical and programmatic conservation delivery by: · Identifying cultural and program barriers that limit NRCS assistance · Providing outreach and education to underserved clients on NRCS programs and technical materials · Assisting underserved clients in seeking and obtaining NRCS Assistance · Providing planning assistance to underserved clients NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in fiscal year 2023 will be $1,000,000. This notice identifies the objectives, eligibility criteria, and application instructions for projects. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D.1. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov. Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on February 21, 2023. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518- 4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) may be submitted until January 20, 2023. Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.) Questions related to eligibility or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. The agency anticipates making selections by March 21, 2023 and expects to execute awards by June 1, 2023. These dates are estimates and subject to change.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=344812
Soil Carbon Monitoring Training and Outreach Agreements $2,000,000.00

Notice of Funding Opportunity SummaryNRCS is announcing the availability of four regional funding agreements to provide training and outreach for assessing and monitoring the effects of Climate-smart practices on soil carbon sequestration and the use of a NRCS conservation evaluation and monitoring activity that provides financial assistance to producers for deep core soil organic carbon measurement. For FY 2022 NRCS has made $8 million total available for 4 agreements targeting the Northeast, Southeast, Central, and West regions of the United States; 1 agreement will be awarded in each of the regions. The maximum amount for a single region award in FY 2022 is $2 million and the minimum funding for each award is $1.5 million. The agreement may be 2 to 4 years in duration. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities and must include a strategy to reach equity in historically underserved communities.For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov.Key DatesApplicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on November 28, 2022. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518- 4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts.For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the Federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.) Questions related to eligibility, or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed.The agency anticipates making selections by January 9, 2023 and expects to execute awards by February 20, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343895
USDA-NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program Critical Conservation Area Nutrient Management Grants for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2022 $10,000,000.00

Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary NRCS is announcing the availability of Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Grants funding for NRCS to eligible applicants to co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. For the 2022 application period, applications will be accepted from eligible entities for projects impacting nutrient management in NRCS RCPP Critical Conservation Areas (CCAs). Applications will not be accepted in the Prairie Grasslands CCA under this NFO. Only land management and rental activities are eligible under this NFO. The Federal funding agency expects to award up to $40 million through this opportunity. NRCS expects to make up to seven awards under this announcement. Funding will be obligated using grant agreements. Projects may be up to five years in duration, however in special circumstances the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture may approve shorter or longer projects. Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on October 31, 2022. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1‑800‑518‑4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. For inquiries about the NFO requirements, contact the Federal awarding agency (Section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to clarifying specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, discrepancies, etc.). Questions related to eligibility or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. A webinar for RCPP grant applicants is scheduled for August 30th from 3-4 p.m. Eastern Time. Access to the Microsoft Teams webinar can be obtained through the following link and/or phone number: Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting Or join by entering a meeting ID Meeting ID: 224 373 254 99 Passcode: znoZaD Or call in (audio only) +1 202-650-0123,,364189035# United States, Washington DC Phone Conference ID: 364 189 035# Find a local number Reset PIN Learn More Meeting options The agency anticipates making proposal selections by January 2023 and completion of project negotiation and awards by June 1, 2023. These dates are projected and are subject to change. Federal Funding Floor and Ceiling Amounts The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $250,000, and the estimated funding ceiling is $10 million. The funding floor is the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per awarded agreement. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per awarded agreement. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not a specific budget period. Federal Financial Assistance Training The funding available through this NFO is Federal financial assistance. Grants 101 Training is highly recommended for additional education on Federal financial assistance. The training is free and available to the public via https://www.cfo.gov/grants-training/. The course consists of five modules covering each of the following topics: (1) laws, regulations, and guidance; (2) financial assistance mechanisms; (3) uniform guidance administrative requirements; (4) cost principles; and (5) risk management and single audit. FPAC agencies also apply Federal financial assistance regulations to certain non-assistance awards (e.g., non-assistance cooperative agreements).

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343074
NRCS’s Wetland Mitigation Banking Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 $1,000,000.00

Notice of Funding Opportunity SummaryNRCS is announcing the availability of up to $5 million in Wetland Mitigation Banking Program (WMBP) grant funds for the development and establishment of mitigation banks and banking opportunities solely for agricultural producers with wetlands subject to the wetland conservation compliance provisions of the Food Security Act of 1985 (as amended). WMBP is a competitive grants program accepting proposals from Federally recognized Native American tribal governments, state and local units of government, for-profit entities, nonprofits with or without a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS other than institutions of higher education, private institutions of higher education, and public and State controlled institutions of higher education. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).Priority will be given to banks in States with significant numbers of individual wetlands, wetland acres, and conservation compliance requests. Based on NRCS data, these States are Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and States in the Prairie Pothole Region (Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota).For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D for information about steps required before applying through Grants.gov.Key DatesApplicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm (EDT) on October 10, 2022. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343063
Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’s Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic Program for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2022 $2,000,000.00

Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary NRCS is announcing the availability of up to $15 million in CIG funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market- based systems) to agricultural producers through the development of technical manuals, guides and for practical instruction for the private sector. Applications will be accepted from all non-Federal entities and individuals based in the United States (see Section C.1 Eligible Applicants). Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2022 is $2 million. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) for information about steps required before submitting an application through Grants.gov. Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications through Grants.gov by 11:59 pm (EDT) by October 11, 2022. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800- 518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the Federal awarding agency (see Section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to specific information contained in this NFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.) Questions related to eligibility or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. A webinar for CIG Classic applicants is scheduled for Wednesday, August 24, 2022, at 3 p.m. (EDT). Information on how to participate in the webinar can be obtained through the following link and phone number: Join on your computer or mobile app Click here to join the meeting Or call in (audio only) +1 202-650-0123 Phone Conference ID: 982 630 030# Applicants are encouraged to visit the CIG website to learn more about the CIG program. Questions about this announcement can be directed to: nrcscig@usda.gov. A “Frequently Asked Questions” document based on potential applicants’ submitted questions will be posted on Grants.gov at least 2 weeks before the proposal due date. The agency anticipates making selections by January 30, 2023 and expects to execute awards by May 1, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=343011