USDA NRCS California – Conservation Contribution Agreements

Published Date
February 7th, 2024
Close Date
April 8th, 2024
Total Funding
Award Ceiling
Award Floor
Expected No. Awards
Opportunity No.


Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)

Eligible Applicants

Private Institutions of Higher Education

Funding Category

Natural Resources

Funding Instrument


Opportunity Category


Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement



The USDA NRCS California is offering Conservation Contribution Agreements through a federal grant opportunity. These agreements are aimed at promoting conservation efforts in the state of California. The funding provided through this grant can be used for various natural resources conservation activities. The grant does not require any cost sharing or matching requirement from the applicants. It falls under the category of Natural Resources and is a discretionary funding opportunity. Private Institutions of Higher Education are eligible to apply for this grant. The grant has an estimated total program funding of $1,000,000 and expects to make around 10 awards. The award ceiling is set at $150,000, while the award floor is $25,000. The deadline for submitting applications is April 8, 2024. Applicants are advised to familiarize themselves with the platform before submitting their applications. Technical support for can be obtained by contacting Applicant Support. Questions regarding the grant requirements should be directed to the federal awarding agency contact. The agency aims to make selections by May 3, 2024, and expects to execute the awards by September 6, 2024. However, these dates are subject to change. For those seeking knowledge about Federal financial assistance, Grants 101 Training is highly recommended. The training is available for free and covers various topics related to Federal financial assistance. For more information and related documents, please refer to the Related Documents Tab on the website. For any questions related to preparing application content, you can contact Daniel Curtis at


Federal Awarding Agency Name: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service Notice of Funding Opportunity Title: 2024 California Conservation Contribution Agreements Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-CA-MULTI-24-NOFO0001335 Assistance Listing: This program is listed in the Assistance Listings (previously referred to as the Catalog of Federal Financial Assistance) on under, which can be found at: 10.902 Soil and Water Conservation (CTA): 16 U.S.C. 590a-f, 590q 10.912 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP): 16 U.S.C. 3839aa et seq. 10.924 Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP): 16 U.S.C. 3839aa-21 et seq. 10.931 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP): 16 U.S.C. 3865 et seq. 10.069 Conservation Reserve Program (CRP): 16 U.S.C 3831-3835a SAM is a web-based, government-wide application that collects, validates, stores, and disseminates business information about the federal government's trading partners in support of the contract awards, grants, and electronic payment processes. Notice of Funding Opportunity Summary This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is being released prior to appropriation and/or apportionment of funds for fiscal year 2024. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. For new users of, see Section D. of the full Notice of Funding Opportunity for information about steps required before submitting an application via Key Dates Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, April 8, 2024. For technical issues with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding accounts. For inquiries specific to the content of the NFO requirements, contact the federal awarding agency contact (section G of this NFO). Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this NFO (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 Friday, May 3, 2024, and expects to execute awards by Friday, September 6, 2024. These dates are estimates and are subject to change. Federal Funding Floor and Ceiling Amounts The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $25,000.00, and the estimated funding ceiling is $150,000.00. The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not any specific budget period. Federal Financial Assistance Training The funding available through this NFO is Federal financial assistance. Grants 101 Training is highly recommended for those seeking knowledge about Federal financial assistance. The training is free and available to the public via It consists of five modules covering each of the following topics: 1) laws, regulations, and guidance; 2) financial assistance mechanisms; 3) uniform guidance administrative requirements; 4) cost principles; and 5) risk management and single audit. FPAC agencies also apply Federal financial assistance regulations to certain non-assistance awards (e.g., non-assistance cooperative agreements).

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