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Programs & Deadlines

Applications for the following programs are accepted on a continuous basis:

Applications are reviewed as funds are available, and financial assistance offered to the highest ranking applicants. People interested in conservation program funding assistance should not wait until a formally announced ranking period to apply.

The following are dates when NRCS will review and rank all applications received, for the specific listed option, for the 2018 fiscal year.  Potential applicants interested in these options are encouraged to have an updated application filed with their local NRCS office by the listed date.



Cutoff Date

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)

2018 Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) and Agricultural Land Easement (ALE)


Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA)


October 20, 2017

Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)



2019 Renewals

February 23, 2018

March 2, 2018

April 13, 2018

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

2018 National CIG Program

2018 Pennsylvania CIG

February 26, 2018

April 27, 2018

Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

2018 EQIP


October 20, 2017

October 20, 2017

Resource Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Pre-proposals for 2018 projects April 21, 2017




Edward Sanders
Program Analyst
(717) 237-2201

Barry Frantz
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
(717) 237-2216


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To file a complaint of discrimination, write:
 USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326W, Whitten Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
Call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD)

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