Conservation Partners Program

Funder Name or Agency: National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
Elligible Entities: Tribal Governments, State Agency, Local Government and Utility Districts, Non-Profit Organization, College or School, Land Trust
Funding Amount: $5100000
Deadline: August 22, 2018
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The Conservation Partners Program (CPP) is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) (, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) ( and other regional/initiative-specific partners.

The purpose of the partnership is to provide grants on a competitive basis to increase technical assistance capacity to advance the implementation of three complementary priorities: NRCS’s Landscape Conservation Initiatives, NFWF’s Conservation Priorities, and the NRCS-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnership – Working Lands for Wildlife. In order to maximize benefits to these three priorities, the CPP also seeks to target investments in certain identified Program Priority Areas (PPAs).

The CPP program funding will support:

  • ​Technical assistance to producers to help accelerate implementation of NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill conservation programs within the Program Priority Areas and Working Lands for Wildlife Focal Areas listed below
  • Incorporation of best available science in applying conservation systems and strategically focusing resources where the greatest conservation opportunities exist
  • Increased landowner/manager awareness and participation in NRCS/NFWF initiatives and Farm Bill programs
  • Identifying and promoting positive economic outcomes as a result of conservation system implementation


The Conservation Partners Program is a nationwide program with specific priority areas where funding will be directed. A total of approximately $5.1 million will be available through this funding opportunity.

Competitive proposals will be focused on one of the five priorities listed below:

  • ​Pacific Salmon
  • Grassland Bird Habitat
  • Great Lakes
  • Mississippi River Basin
  • Working Lands for Wildlife