United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service Maine
Grants to Maine agricultural and forest producers to improve environmental sustainability and address issues involving natural resources. Funding is intended to address the following areas of focus: improving water and air quality, ground and surface water conservation, reduced soil sedimentation and erosion, and enhancing or creating wildlife habitats.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, agricultural producers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial assistance in the form of a fixed payment rate for each eligible practice and activity under contract. The payment rate will be the compensation for the program participant.
Higher priority will be given to applications that use cost-effective conservation practices, address national, state and local priority resource concerns, and provide long-lasting, environmental benefit.
GrantWatch ID#: 172712
Any private agricultural or forest producer engaged in livestock, crop or forest production on eligible land may apply for EQIP.
Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP.
Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.
Socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and beginning farmers/veterans are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive an advance payment of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.
In order to be eligible to sign up for EQIP, the applicant must be determined to be an eligible producer by NRCS. If you are a new USDA program applicant, please contact your local USDA Service Center for information on eligibility requirements. If you have been a USDA program participant in the past, please contact your local USDA Service Center to review and update your information.
The land offered for EQIP must also be determined eligible by NRCS. Eligible land under the EQIP program is land that has a resource concern identified by a certified conservation planner that can be addressed through application of the conservation practices eligible for this signup period.
Applications for the EQIP program are accepted on a continuous basis, however, NRCS establishes application “cut-off” dates for evaluation and ranking of eligible applications.
The deadline for all EQIP applications for 2019 funding consideration is August 17, 2018, unless otherwise posted.
Information about Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource, Beginning Farmers, Veteran Farmers: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/people/outreach/slbfr/?cid=nrcsdev11_001040
Limited Resource Farmer/Rancher Eligibility tool:
How the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Works in Maine:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Susan Arrants, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Contact the local USDA Service Center:
Natural Resources Conservation Service
967 Illinois Avenue, Suite #3
Bangor, ME 04401