Soil and Water Conservation


Provide conservation technical assistance to private landowners, conservation districts, tribes, and other organizations through a national network of locally-respected, technically-skilled, professional conservationists and assist them in conserving, improving and sustaining our natural resources and environment. This is not a grant program; assistance is provided through expert technical advice and work products.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
K - Advisory Services and Counseling; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Soil Conservation and Domestic Allotment Act, Public Law 74-76, 16 U.S.C. 590 a-f, Statute N/A, N/A
Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, Public Law 117-169
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The CTA Program is delivered to private individuals, groups of decision makers, tribes, units of governments, and non-governmental organizations in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Palau, and the Marshall Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public, State governments, and local governments.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Contact the local Natural Resources Conservation Service office in nearly all counties. Preapplication coordination of this program is not required.
Award Procedure
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Technical assistance to the general public in planning and applying natural resource conservation practices, systems, and treatment; and furnishing technical natural resource conservation information to State and local governments. Technical assistance to decision-makers on lands in agriculture, forestry and related uses for planning and applying natural resource conservation practices, systems, and treatment; and furnishing technical natural resource conservation information to State and local governments.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503
Not applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For more information on this and other related conservation programs, consult the nearest USDA service center at For a list of NRCS State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, information is available on the internet at
Headquarters Office
Aaron Lauster
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: (202) 260-9230
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$634,398,000.00; FY 23 est $959,296,000.00; FY 24 est $984,229,000.00; FY 21$738,690,000.00; FY 20$770,086,000.00; FY 19$762,259,000.00; FY 18$735,694,000.00; FY 17$754,457,000.00; FY 16$737,984,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
"Conquest of the Land," AIB99; "Soil Erosion by Water," AIB513; "Assistance Available from the Natural Resources Conservation Service," AIB345; "Controlling Erosion on Construction Sites," AIB347; "Community Improvement Through Resource Conservation and Development," PA1077; "Save Soil Systematically," PA1366. "List of Published Soil Surveys;" "Going Wild with Natural resource Conservation," PA1363; "Conversation Planning-You and Your Land," PA 1376, "Farming and Maintaining Terraces," LN570.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.