Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) FY24 Monitoring, Assessment, and Evaluation (MAE) Opportunity

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
April 8th, 2024
Close Date
May 31st, 2024
Total Funding
$10,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$5,000,000.00
Award Floor
$500,000.00
Expected No. Awards
10
Opportunity No.
USDA-FSA-NHQ-CRP-24-NOFO0001333

Agency

Farm Service Agency (USDA-FSA)

Eligible Applicants

Small Businesses

Funding Category

Agriculture

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is offering up to $10 million in cooperative agreement funding for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) FY24 Monitoring, Assessment, and Evaluation (MAE) Opportunity. This funding is intended to support projects that monitor, assess, and evaluate conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with the CRP. The projects are expected to inform policy and improve the delivery of the CRP. The funding opportunity is open to all non-Foreign, non-Federal entities, with a preference for small businesses. Projects can have a duration of 1 to 5 years. The minimum award amount is $500,000, while the maximum award amount is $5 million. The priority areas for projects in 2024 include: 1. Ecosystem Benefits: Assess the impact of CRP on natural resources such as climate mitigation/adaptation, wildlife habitat, water quality/quantity, and soil health. 2. Bottom Up, Middle Out: Evaluate CRP's role in strengthening farm operations' viability and resilience. Develop program delivery strategies that improve the CRP's function to support economic growth and stability within rural communities. 3. Citizen Science: Identify ways for agricultural producers to monitor conditions on and share lessons learned from enrolled CRP acres. 4. Evaluating CRP in the Big Picture: Evaluate and develop strategies for how CRP fits into a larger framework of natural resources management and conservation. Applicants are encouraged to visit the MAE website for more information about the program and past projects. The deadline for submitting applications via Grants.gov is May 31, 2024, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. For technical issues with Grants.gov, applicants can contact Grants.gov Applicant Support. For inquiries specific to the requirements of the funding opportunity, applicants can contact the federal awarding agency. The FSA anticipates making selections by July 12, 2024, and expects to execute awards by September 30, 2024. These dates are subject to change. For more details and related documents, please refer to the full Notice of Funding Opportunity.

Description

Summary FSA is announcing the availability of cooperative agreement funding for up to $10 million to monitor, assess, and evaluate conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with the Conservation Reserve Program. Projects are expected to inform policy and/or improve delivery of the Conservation Reserve Program. For 2024, applications will be accepted from eligible entities for projects addressing at least one of the following priorities: Ecosystem Benefits Assess CRP’s impact on natural resources such as climate mitigation/adaptation, wildlife habitat, water quality/quantity, and soil health. Bottom Up, Middle Out Evaluate CRP’s role in strengthening farm operations’ viability and resilience. Develop program delivery strategies that improve the CRPs function to support economic growth and stability within rural communities. Citizen Science Identify ways for agricultural producers to monitor conditions on and share lessons learned from enrolled CRP acres. Evaluating CRP in the Big Picture Evaluating and developing strategies of how CRP fits into a larger framework of natural resources management and conservation. Applications will be accepted from all non-Foreign, non-Federal entities (see Section C-Eligible Applicants). Projects may be between 1 and 5 years in duration. The minimum amount for an award is $500,000, while the maximum amount for an award is $5 million. Applicants are encouraged to visit the MAE website (https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/economic-and-policy-analysis/natural-resources-analysis/mae-reports-and-articles/index) to learn more about the MAE program and past projects. For new users of Grants.gov, see Section D. of the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for information about steps required before submitting an application via Grants.gov. Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 31, 2024. For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. For inquiries specific to the content of the NOFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NOFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NOFO (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.). Questions related to eligibility or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed. The agency anticipates making selections by July 12, 2024, and expects to execute awards by September 30, 2024. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

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