CA Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Grants

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California

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Grant amount: More than US $7,500

Anticipated deadline: Mar 2, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Working Professional College / University Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) encourages land stewards to improve their conservation performance by installing and adopting additional activities, and improving, maintaining, and managing existing activities on agricultural land and nonindustrial private forest land.


Through CSP, participants take additional steps to improve resource condition including soil quality, water quality, water quantity, air quality, and habitat quality, as well as energy.

CSP provides two types of payments through five-year contracts:

  • annual payments for installing new conservation activities and maintaining existing practices; and
  • supplemental payments for adopting a resource-conserving crop rotation.

Producers may be able to renew a contract if they have successfully fulfilled the initial contract and agree to achieve additional conservation objectives. Payments are made soon as practical after October 1 of each fiscal year for contract activities installed and maintained in the previous year.

Through CSP, NRCS will provide financial and technical assistance to eligible producers to conserve and enhance soil, water, air, and related natural resources on their land.

  • Cropland
  • Grassland
  • Prairie Land
  • Improved Pastureland
  • Rangeland
  • Nonindustrial Private Forest Lands
  • Agricultural Land Under the Jurisdiction of an Indian Tribe
  • And other Private Agricultural Land (including Cropped Woodland, Marshes, and Agricultural Land used for the Production of Livestock) on which Resource Concerns Related to Agricultural Production Could be Addressed.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  •  Applicants may include individuals, legal entities, joint operations or Indian tribes that meet the stewardship threshold for at least two priority resource concerns when they apply.
    • They must also agree to meet or exceed the stewardship threshold for at least one additional priority resource concern by the end of the contract.
  • Eligible, privately owned, land must be under control of the applicant for the duration of the CSP contract, which is five years.
    • The entire agricultural operation must be enrolled and must include all agricultural land that will be under the applicant's control for the term of the proposed contract that is operated substantially separate from other operations.
  • Eligible lands include private and Tribal agricultural lands, cropland, grassland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial private forest land.


  • Areas within the operation that are not in agricultural production or that are developed, such as farm headquarters, ranch sites, barnyards, feedlots, manure storage facilities, machinery storage areas, and material handling facilities are not eligible for a program payment.
  • Also not eligible are public lands and private lands currently enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program, Conservation Security Program, Grassland Reserve Program, and the Wetlands Reserve Program.