Resource Conservation and Development
To encourage and improve the capability of State and local units of government and local nonprofit organizations in rural areas to plan, develop and carry out programs for resource conservation and development.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 02/05/2016 (Archived.)
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Natural Resources Conservation Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
ADVISORY SERVICES AND COUNSELING
Food and Agriculture Act of 1962
, Public Law 87-703, 16 U.S.C 3451.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State and local governments and nonprofit organizations with authority to plan or carry out activities relating to resource use and development in multijurisdictional areas. This program is also available in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam and Mariana Islands.
State and local governments and nonprofit organizations within areas designated as RC&D areas by the Secretary of Agriculture with authority to plan or carry out activities relating to resource use and development in multijurisdictional areas.
Applicant agency(ies) and nonprofit organizations must document that application is made as a result of official action of the governing body. Applications are honored only from agencies for which applicant eligibility has been established. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Written application must be in the form suggested in the National Resource Conservation and Development Manual.
Details of the procedure are available from State and field offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Indeterminate. Authorization of applications is dependent upon the level of appropriations for the program each year.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals for projects are judged on relevance of the project to the individual RC&D's area plan goals and objectives. Criteria for setting priorities are usually published in the RC&D area plan or are available from the local sponsors of the RC&D area. Proposals for projects should be submitted to the local USDA designated RC&D area. If an area does not exist, contact the field or state office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
How may assistance be used?
Technical assistance is available only to RC&D sponsors within areas authorized by the Secretary of Agriculture for assistance. Technical assistance is available for the planning and installation of approved projects specified in RC&D area plans, for land conservation, water management, community development and environmental enhancement elements.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Periodic inspections and reports are required to insure that structural projects for which Federal financial assistance has been provided are being properly operated and maintained in accordance with agreements. No cash reports are required. Periodic inspections and reports are required to insure that structural projects for which Federal financial assistance has been provided are being properly operated and maintained in accordance with agreements. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: When financial assistance is available, local or State agencies must provide land rights needed for the installation of all projects. RC&D grant assistance (up to 25 percent not to exceed $50,000 of the total project cost) may be provided for a project. Local or State agencies generally must provide ten percent of the total cost and be responsible for any needed operation and maintenance. Loan assistance may be provided for the local share of project cost.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. State and field offices of the Natural Resources Conservation Service are listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. For loans, contacts should be made with the Rural Development office serving the county in which the RC&D project is located.
Dan Lawson Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture,
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
P.O. Box 2890 , Washington, District of Columbia 20013 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Salaries) FY 12 $90,215; FY 13 est $110,000; and FY 14 est $150,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"Assistance available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service," AIB-345; "Resource Conservation and Development Manual, 390 - V, Third Ed.
Examples of Funded Projects