United States: 2021 Collaborative Outreach for Natural Resources Conservation Program

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United States: 2021 Collaborative Outreach for Natural Resources Conservation Program


Deadline: 7-Jun-21

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Tennessee State Office has announced the Tennessee FY2021 Collaborative Outreach for Natural Resources Conservation Program.

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The purpose of these Conservation Outreach Agreements is to accomplish the following:
Increase the delivery of conservation assistance to historically underserved farmers and ranchers through a combination of program outreach and education.
Educate and inform NRCS employees regarding the unique nature of working with Historically Underserved and Tribal audiences.
Educate and inform existing NRCS customers and potential new NRCS customers on NRCS conservation programs available to them through the 2018 Farm Bill using plain, understandable language.
Tailor Farm Bill outreach messages and products to specific audience needs, for example providing translated materials, graphically enhanced materials, and readable, common-sense messaging.
Build the capacity of local partners to develop and implement effective outreach projects to continue increasing participation among historically underserved farmers and ranchers.
Increase by 10 percent the number of eligible program applications received from historically underserved populations using FY 2018 application data as the baseline.
Value of Conservation: Highlight the value of private lands conservation and the important role that agricultural producers play in voluntarily conserving the nation’s resources.
Emphasis will be placed on projects that:
Provide outreach to increase participation among historically underserved farmers and ranchers in NRCS conservation programs and services.
New grants or agreements where applicants do not currently have a grant or agreement with NRCS that ends later than 09/30/2021.
Clearly identify how the intended groups and geographic area were selected.
Demonstrate how proposal will lead to quality applications for program funding.
Build the capacity of local partners to develop and implement effective outreach projects to continue increasing participation among historically underserved farmers and ranchers.
Funding Information
Estimated Funding: The total amount of Federal funding the agency expects to award through this opportunity is $100,000.
Start Dates and Performance Periods: Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of September 15, 2021.
Eligibility Criteria
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 underthis Federal program.
Eligibility for this opportunity is limited to the following entity types:
City or township governments
County governments
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of highereducation)
Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions ofhigher education)
Native American trial governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Private institutions of higher education
Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education
Special district governments
State governments
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332694