Wetlands Mitigation Banking Program
The Wetlands Mitigation Banking Program is used to help establish wetland mitigation banks to help producers meet their wetland conservation compliance responsibilities needed to maintain eligibility for many USDA programs administered by the FSA and NRCS, and to maintain eligibility for the Federal crop insurance premium subsidy administered by the Risk Management Agency.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
16 U.S.C. 3822(k)
Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, Public Law 115-334
The Wetland Mitigation Banking Program is authorized by section 1222(k) of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended by section 2609 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (16 U.S.C. 3822(k)). The program was reauthorized under the Agricultural Improvement Act 0f 2018 Section 1222(k)(1)(B).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Proposals will be accepted from applicants in any of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). NRCS will accept proposals from eligible entities that include federally recognized Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, for-profit entities, and nongovernmental organizations.
Mitigation banks established through this program are for the explicit and sole purpose of assisting agricultural producers with wetland conservation compliance, also known as Swampbuster compliance.
NRCS will give priority to proposals from geographic areas with significant numbers of cropped agricultural wetlands.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. If the program receives an allocation of funding the announcement and associated Federal forms for this program funding opportunity will be able to be viewed at www.grants.gov. See the Content and Format section for more information on the required forms and information.
NRCS will use a grant agreement to provide program funds to each selected applicant. The project budget period, amount of Federal assistance, terms and conditions of the award, and reporting requirements will be described and provided to the selected applicants as part of this process.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
How are proposals selected?
An interagency technical team, led by the NRCS Wetland Mitigation Banking Program manager, screens proposals for completeness and adherence to with the provisions of the Announcement for Program funding.
How may assistance be used?
The intent of the program is for qualified third-parties to operate and manage all aspects of a wetlands mitigation bank with oversight by NRCS.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
A monitoring report detailing how the compensatory mitigation project is progressing towards meeting its performance standards.
A credit ledger submitted to the program manager annually to show the deposits and withdrawals from the bank. Submitted annually, no later than November 15th.
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
To be determined based on when the program receives a funding allocation from Congress. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
For more information on this and other related conservation programs, consult the local telephone directory where your land is located for the location of the nearest USDA service center. For a list of NRCS State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, information is available on the internet at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/.
Shaun Vickers, Biologist
8000 South 15th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508 USA
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $750,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$7,325,000.00; FY 16$0.00; - (Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$603,000.00; FY 19 est $750,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$281,000.00; FY 16$158,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
This is a one-time direct appropriation provided in FY 2014, and the funds are available until expended. Up to $9 million will be available for awards.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR Part 417, Non-procurement Debarment and Suspension 2 CFR Part 418, New Restrictions on Lobbying 2 CFR Part 421, Requirements for Drug Free Workplace (Financial Assistance) The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations at 40 CFR pa1is 1500-1508, and the NRCS regulation that implements NEPA at 7 CFR part 650. Wetland Conservation Compliance Provisions 7 CFR 12.4, 16 U.S.C. Section 3822.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018
Agricultural Wetland Mitigation Banks have been funded and established in 10 states