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Conservation Partners Program (CPP)

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, Educational Institutions,
and Tribes for Conservation and Agriculture Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and General Mills

Conf. Date:


LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

05/27/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, educational institutions, tribal governments, and farmer and commodity-led organizations for projects related to conservation and regenerative agriculture. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submitting a full proposal.

The CPP program funding will support: 

  • Projects that provide private landowners with technical assistance to accelerate on-the-ground delivery and implementation of NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill conservation programs within the program priority areas listed below.
  • Incorporation of best available science in applying conservation systems and strategically focusing resources where the greatest conservation opportunities exist.
  • Efforts to increase the number and diversity of landowners/managers aware of and participating in NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill programs
  • Identifying and promoting positive economic outcomes as a result of conservation system implementation.
  • Identifying and promoting positive environmental outcomes as a result of conservation system implementation.

For program priorities, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194705

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Typical grant awards will range from $50,000 to $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects should begin within six months of the award announcement date. Projects may be funded for up to three years from the completion of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include: non-profit 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 funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Funds may not be used to provide technical assistance for Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Thursday, March 4th , 2021 at 3:00 PM ET

Register for the webinar at the following link:

Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: Thursday, March 4th , 2021 at 3:00 PM ET
- Pre-Proposal Due Date: Tuesday, April 6th, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Invitations for Full Proposals Sent: Week of April 26th
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, May 27th, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time
- Review Period: June – mid July
- Awards Announced: Early August

Projects must have a minimum match of 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind, but larger match ratios and matching fund contributions from a diversity of partners are encouraged and will be more competitive.

Projects submitted from organizations which identify as one or more of the NRCS’s Underserved / Special Emphasis Categories (described on page 9) unable to provide a 1:1 non-federal match are eligible, but applicants must contact NFWF to discuss potential match adjustment options prior to submitting a proposal.

Applicant Webinar Recording:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Eric Forward

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Grant Coverage Areas:

Competitive proposals will be focused on one of the four program priority areas listed below:
- Upper Mississippi River Basin
- Southern Great Plains
- Pacific Salmon and Western Water
- Working Lands for Wildlife

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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