NJ Soil and Water Conservation Grants

State of New Jersey Department of Agriculture


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Government Entity Nonprofit Working Professional

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: New Jersey

Location of residency: New Jersey

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Overview:

The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) provides grants to help fund up to 50 percent of the costs of approved soil and water conservation projects on farms enrolled in permanent or eight-year farmland preservation programs.

Landowners apply to local Soil Conservation Districts, which assist in developing farm conservation plans and ensure projects are necessary and feasible. Applications are forwarded to the N.J. State Soil Conservation Committee, which recommends projects to the SADC for funding approval.

Types of Projects

Soil and water conservation projects include projects designed to control and prevent soil erosion and sediment damages; control pollution on farmland; impound, store and manage water for agricultural purposes; or improve management of land and soils to achieve maximum agricultural productivity.

Examples of eligible projects include:

  • terrace systems;
  • diversions;
  • stream protection;
  • water impoundment reservoirs;
  • irrigation systems;
  • sediment retention, erosion or water control systems; 
  • drainage systems;
  • animal waste control facilities;
  • agri-chemical handling facilities; and
  • land shaping or grading.

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

Eligibility:

  • Farms must be permanently preserved or enrolled in an eight-year preservation program.
  • Projects must be completed within three years of SADC funding approval.
  • Grants may be renewed for a one-year period under certain circumstances, such as seasonal constraints or other unavoidable delays, only upon the approval of the local Soil Conservation District, the State Soil Conservation Committee and the SADC.
  • The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) provides grants to eligible landowners to fund up to 50 percent of the costs of approved soil and water conservation projects.

Preferences:

  • Permanently preserved farms receive first priority for grant funding.