Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher EQIP Fund Pools' Grants

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 19, 2019

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 6, 2019, Jun 22, 2019

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

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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Overview:

Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary, conservation program administered by NRCS that can provide financial and technical assistance to install conservation practices that address natural resource concerns. The purpose of EQIP is to promote agricultural production, forest management, and environmental quality as compatible goals; to optimize environmental benefits; and to help farmers and ranchers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.

Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher EQIP Fund Pools

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (Farm Bill) continues to address the unique circumstances and concerns of historically underserved farmers and ranchers to provide for voluntary participation, offers incentives and focuses on equity in accessing U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and services. 

A socially disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group, without regard to their individual qualities. These groups consist of the following: 

  • American Indians or Alaskan Natives 
  • Asians
  • Blacks or African Americans
  • Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanics

Note: Gender alone is not a covered group for the purposes of NRCS conservation programs.

AFO Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher AFO EQIP Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in minimizing impacts to water quality, improved irrigation efficiency and promoting energy conservation on dairies and other animal feeding operations.

Cropland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Cropland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Forestland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Forestland EQIP Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in promoting healthy and productive forest lands, reducing soil erosion, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, minimizing the impacts to water quality and reducing wildfire risks.

Pastureland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Pastureland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Rangeland Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Rangeland Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

Water Conservation Fund Pool

The purpose of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmer/Rancher Water Conservation Fund Pool is to target technical and financial assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers interested in addressing soil health, innovative pest and nutrient management strategies, improved irrigation efficiency, protecting water quality, energy conservation and enhancing wildlife habitat values.

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

Eligibility:

  • A socially disadvantaged applicant is an individual or entity who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group.
    • For an entity, at least 50 percent ownership in the farm business must be held by socially disadvantaged individuals.
    • Note: One member of an eligible entity may certify for all members rather than have each member self-certify. 
  • To be eligible to participate in EQIP, an applicant must meet all of the following producer eligibility criteria:
    • Be an agricultural producer.
    • Have control of the land for the term of the contract period.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance provisions.
    • Be in compliance with adjusted gross income (AGI) requirements.
    • Be within payment limitation requirements.
    • Be within annual payment limitation requirements, if applicable.
    • Have a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number registered in the System for Award Management (SAM), if applicable.
    • Be in compliance with the provisions for protecting the interests of tenants and sharecroppers.
    • See full details and definitions for Producer Eligibility here
  • To be eligible for EQIP, the land must meet all of the following criteria:
    • Be agricultural land, nonindustrial private forest land, Tribal land, or other land on which agricultural products, livestock, or forest-related products are produced.
    • Be privately owned land, eligible public land, or Tribal land.
    • Have landowner concurrence to implement structural or vegetative practices, if applicable.
    • Planned practices address an identified natural resource concern.
    • Have irrigated 2 out of the last 5 years to install an irrigation-related practice.
    • See full details and definitions for Land Eligibility here.