Tribal EQIP Fund Pools Grant

USDA: Natural Resources Conservation Service of California


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Jun 22, 2018

Later deadlines: Jan 19, 2019, Apr 6, 2019

Applicant type: Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

About the Fund Pools

Tribes often have different conservation priorities than other producers and tribal culturally based priorities such as the management of traditional Native American food and fiber plants are not priorities for mainstream producers. There are 109 Federally Recognized American Indian Tribes in California; and, at least 69 Non-Federally Recognized Tribes in California petitioning for federal recognition (BIA).

The Federally recognized tribes have jurisdiction over 635,739 acres of Tribal Trust Land in California. There are 17,602 acres of Public Domain Allotments representing the land controlled by non-federally recognized tribes. 

See full details of each Pool in documents available here

Traditional Plant Restoration EQIP Fund Pools

The purpose of the Tribal Traditional Plant Restoration EQIP Fund Pool is to provide technical and financial assistance opportunities to federally and non-federally recognized Native American Indian Tribes to provide support to tribal producers to fund the implementation of conservation practices on eligible tribal agricultural operations to address Traditional plant restoration.

Diversified Farms EQIP Fund Pools

The purpose of the Tribal Diversified Farms EQIP Fund Pool is to provide technical and financial assistance opportunities to federally and non-federally recognized Native American Tribes and tribal producers to fund the implementation of conservation practices on eligible tribal crop, pasture and rangeland agricultural operations to address soil, water, plants, wildlife habitat, energy and grazing management.

Forestland EQIP Fund Pools

The purpose of the Tribal Forestland EQIP Fund Pool is to provide technical and financial assistance opportunities to federally and non-federally recognized Native American Indian Tribes to promote healthy and productive forestlands, reduce soil erosion, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and reduce wildfire risks.

Rangeland EQIP Initiative Counties

The purpose of the Tribal Rangeland EQIP Fund Pool is to provide technical and financial assistance opportunities to federally and non-federally recognized Native American Indian Tribes to promote rangeland health and ecological function while enhancing wildlife habitat values.

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

Eligibility:

  • 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.