Laura Howe NCAT

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking applications for projects that will improve outreach to underserved producers and underserved communities about conservation programs and services and opportunities for students to pursue careers in agriculture, natural resources and related sciences. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering up to $70 million in cooperative agreements with entities for two-year projects that encourage participation in NRCS programs, especially in underserved communities and among urban and small-scale producers. Application Deadline is April 27, 2023

The Equity in Conservation Outreach Cooperative Agreements will include projects that:
  • Promote the benefits of NRCS programs through education or demonstration of conservation practices
  • Develop community conservation partnerships that engage underserved producers to plan and protect farmland ecosystems, watersheds, and wildlife habitat in underserved communities
  • Inform small-scale or urban agriculture producers about opportunities to participate in conservation programs
  • Support education on, planning for and adoption of climate smart conservation practices
Projects should reach underserved groups through a combination of program outreach and technical assistance in one or more of the following five NRCS priority areas: Addressing local natural resource issues
  • Promoting conservation career opportunities
  • Expanding adoption of climate-smart conservation
  • Encouraging conservation in small-scale and urban agriculture
  • Developing conservation leadership skills and opportunities

Who Is Eligible​

Entities and individuals who provide outreach assistance to underserved groups are eligible. Eligible entities include:
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal governments (State recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations
  • 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)
  • Nonprofit private institutions of higher education
  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Conservation districts
Underserved producers include beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers and ranchers, as well as other underrepresented or disadvantaged communities.


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