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Conservation Partners Program - Coordinating Technical Assistance with Agricultural Retailers 2020

Grants to Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio Nonprofits, Tribes, Agencies, and
Organizations for Conservation Programs that Address National Priorities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Deadline Date:

08/11/20 11:59 PM Easter Standard Time


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Grants starting at $50,000 to Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, state, local, and tribal government agencies, and commodity and farmer-led organizations for conservation programs. Funding is intended to support projects that hire one or more Conservation Specialists who will work closely with farmers, agricultural retailers, NRCS field offices, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

This funding opportunity seeks to support new conservation specialist positions deployed alongside agricultural retailers to build knowledge and capacity for accelerating implementation of on-farm conservation practices. Through a model that engages agricultural retailers in the delivery of technical assistance, funded projects will advance private-sector delivery of on-farm conservation stewardship that benefits farmers and addresses conservation priorities of U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs and field offices. Partners participating with NFWF on this effort include NRCS, Land O’Lakes, and three agricultural retailers, including Ceres Solutions, Cooperative Farmers Elevator, and Premier Co-op. 

The objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Accelerate implementation of on-farm stewardship that provides benefits for water quality, soil health, carbon storage, and fish and wildlife populations.
  • Help farmers design and adopt conservation practices, develop conservation plans, and enroll in
  • Farm Bill programs.
  • Deliver technical assistance to farmers with a model that engages agricultural retailers as trusted information providers.
  • Promote practices that generate economic benefits, such as improved farm profitability, alongside positive environmental outcomes.

Funding will support projects that hire one or more Conservation Specialists who will:

  • Serve as dedicated in-house conservation specialists, co-located with partnering agricultural retailers, to help train agronomists on how to include conservation practices in day-to-day services to farmers.
  • Provide farmer outreach and lead training sessions with farmers and landowners.
  • Connect local agricultural retailers and their customers with state and local conservation partners, including NRCS and local Soil and Water Conservation District offices.
  • Serve as experts on federal programs included in the Conservation Title of the Farm Bill.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129126

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

This opportunity will award an estimated $500,000 in competitive grant funding. Typical grant awards will range from $50,000 to $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be funded for up to three years from the completion of a grant agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:

- 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.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:

- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

- Full Proposal Due Date: August 11th, 11:59 PM, Eastern Time
- Review Period: August 12th – mid-September
- Awards Announced: Late September

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A match of at least 1:1 non-federal cash or in-kind contribution is required, and will be considered in application review.

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