Notice of Funding Opportunity for NRCS’ Voluntary Public Access- Habitat Incentives Program competition for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020

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Funding Opportunity ID: 321053
Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NHQ-VPA-HIP-19-GEN0010429
Opportunity Title: Notice of Funding Opportunity for NRCS’ Voluntary Public Access- Habitat Incentives Program competition for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture
Environment
Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.093
Eligible Applicants: State governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: USDA-NRCS
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Posted Date: Sep 27, 2019
Close Date: Nov 27, 2019 Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 27, 2019.
Last Updated Date: Sep 27, 2019
Award Ceiling: $3,000,000
Award Floor: $100,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $50,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 30
Description: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing the availability of up to $50 million in Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) funding to create or enhance State and Tribal Government programs that encourage owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to voluntarily make that land available for access by the public for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation. VPA-HIP is a competitive grants program and only State and Tribal Governments may apply. Projects may be up to three years in duration. The maximum amount for a single award is $3 million. Up to 25 percent of the funding for each award may be used to provide incentives to improve wildlife habitat on enrolled public access program lands. Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 27, 2019. A webinar for potential VPA-HIP applicants is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on October 10, 2019. For more information, please see the Full Opportunity Announcement in the Related Documents tab of this opportunity.
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