United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
Grants and technical assistance to Delaware agricultural producers, private forestland owners, and Tribes to implement conservation planning activities, conservation practices, and other activities that address concerns about natural resources on farmland. Veterans, Indian tribes, farmers with limited resources, and socially disadvantaged and beginning farmers are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive advanced payment.
EQIP provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers in order to address natural resource concerns and deliver environmental benefits such as improved water and air quality, conserved ground and surface water, reduced soil erosion and sedimentation or improved or created wildlife habitat.
1. Reduction of non-point source pollutants including nutrients, sediment, and pesticides in impaired watersheds consistent with TMDL’s as well as the reduction of groundwater contamination.
- Agricultural Waste Management Systems - Nutrients, Sediments
- Integrated Crop Management Systems - Nutrients, Pesticides
- Planned Grazing Management Systems - Nutrients, Sediments
2. Conservation of ground and surface water resources
- Irrigation Water Management Systems - Water conservation
3. Reduction of emissions such as particulate matter and volatile organic compounds that contribute to air quality impairment.
- Agricultural Waste Management Systems - Volatile organic compounds
- Poultry House Windbreak Management Systems - Particulate matter
4. Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation from erodible land.
- Erosion Control Systems - Sediments
5. Promotion of at-risk species habitat recovery
- Biodiversity Management Systems - Habitat recovery
2019 National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI) USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has exclusive funding to help Delaware farmers in the Clear Brook-Nanticoke River watershed make improvements to their land to improve water quality. For more information, see the URL for Full Text link below and https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/national/programs/initiatives/?cid=stelprdb1047761.
For a list of National Priorities, see the URL for Full Text link below.
GrantWatch ID#: 182673
Payment limitations are set at $450,000 with no ability to waive.
Contracts can last up to ten years in duration.
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 veterans are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive advance payment of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.
For relevant definitions, see here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/people/outreach/slbfr
- The first EQIP application cutoff date for fiscal year 2019 is October 19, 2018.
- NRCS accepts applications year-round but makes funding selections at application cut-off deadlines.
- Producers with applications in before October 19 will have a higher chance of application approval as funding is limited.
- Additional application cutoff dates are scheduled for the third Friday of each month until May 17, 2019.
FY 2019 Application Cutoff Dates:
- 1st Application Cutoff Date – October 19, 2018
- 2nd Application Cutoff Date – November 16, 2018
- 3rd Application Cutoff Date – December 21, 2018
- 4th Application Cutoff Date - January 18, 2019
- 5th Application Cutoff Dare - February 15, 2019
- 6th Application Cutoff Date - March 16, 2019
- 7th Application Cutoff Date - April 19, 2019
- 8th Application Cutoff Date - May 17, 2019
Visit your local USDA Service Center to apply or visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/getstarted. NRCS will help eligible producers develop an EQIP plan of operations, which will become the basis of the EQIP contract.
Applicants must establish farm records with the appropriate USDA Service Center Agency prior to submitting this application.
Please note that the entity-applicants must obtain a DUNS number, register it under the legal business name which matches the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) records for the applicable EIN, and such legal business name must match the name identified above as the applicant requesting participation in the named program. If your entity does not have a DUNS number, information is available at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform To register with SAM, go to https://www.sam.gov/
Payments are made to participants after conservation practices and activities identified in an EQIP plan of operations are implemented.
Information about participant and land eligibility for EQIP: http://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/RollupViewer.aspx?hid=25489
For related documents, see Supporting Documents and the URL for Full Text link below.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Staff Contact: Tim Garrahan, Farm Bill Specialist
Phone: (302) 678-4260
FAX: (302) 678-0843
Delaware Local USDA Service Centers
New Castle Service Center Newark, Delaware
New Castle County Agricultural Center
2430 Old County Road
Newark, Delaware 19702
Kent Service Center Dover, Delaware
Kent County Agricultural Center
800 Bay Road
Dover, Delaware 19901-4667
Sussex Service Center Georgetown, Delaware
Sussex County Agricultural Center
21315 Berlin Road
Georgetown, Delaware 19947