NB_440_21_23 - NB 440-21-23 PGM - FY 2022 RCPP Renewals Policy and Implementation Guidance
NB 440-21-23 PGM - FY 2022 RCPP Renewals Policy and Implementation Guidance
National Bulletin: 440-21-23 Date: June 22, 2021
Subject: PGM – FY 2022 RCPP Renewals Policy and Implementation Guidance


Action Required By:  July 2, 2021
 
Purpose.  To initiate the FY 2022 Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Renewals process and inform State Conservationists of necessary actions to take with RCPP lead partners.   
 
Expiration Date.  December 31, 2021
 
Background.  The 2018 Farm Bill provides USDA with the opportunity to offer noncompetitive renewals of successful RCPP projects. NRCS intends to provide up to $50 million for renewals in FY 2021. This bulletin provides guidance and actions required by both NRCS State offices and lead partners interested in applying for a renewal opportunity.
 

Explanation.  RCPP operates on a principle of competition among partners to identify the most compelling and innovative projects with robust partnerships that can substantially leverage NRCS funding. Noncompetitive renewals are reserved for the most successful projects that continue to present compelling approaches to addressing natural resource challenges.

NRCS intends to complete the renewals process and make award announcements prior to (or soon after) the release of the next RCPP Classic funding announcement. For FY 2022, eligibility for renewals is limited to projects with an expiration date between 10/1/2021 and 9/30/2022.

As of the date of this bulletin, Attachment A is a list of the 79 projects that are eligible based on their expiration date (as listed in the NRCS Programs Portal). If a project expiration date is not correct in the Portal, States should correct it and notify lead partners of their eligibility accordingly.

Partners interested in a renewal must submit a streamlined proposal in the Programs Portal. These proposals must include information about the lead partners’ existing projects and plans for the new projects. The Portal will open for lead partners to submit renewal proposals on June 25, 2021.

Note: FY 2022 no-cost extensions for renewals are not offered only for the purpose of maintaining renewals eligibility. If a project happens to get a no-cost extension for legitimate project purposes that shifts its expiration date into the eligible period, it can be considered for a FY 2022 renewal.

State Conservationists, after reviewing partner proposals, must submit statements of support using a form on the RCPP SharePoint.

Attachment B includes policy guidance for the FY 2022 Renewals process. Attachment B informs NRCS State staff of the policy guidance but may be shared with lead partners.

Action by July 2,2020—each lead State must notify all lead partners with active projects that are scheduled to expire between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022, of their eligibility for FY 2022 Renewals. Eligible partners interested in applying for a renewal must enter the Portal and complete their streamlined application by August 13, 2021.

Estimated Timeline of Renewals Process

Notify all eligible lead partners of FY 2022 Renewals policy: by July 2, 2021
Deadline for Portal submissions by eligible partners: August 6, 2021
Deadline for STC support forms on the RCPP Sharepoint: Aug 20, 2021
Chief Renewal Selection: by September 24, 2021
Execution of Renewal Agreements: anticipated November/December 2021

 
Contact.  Submit questions about this bulletin to the Program Questions link on the FAPD SharePoint. Please select RCPP 2.0 Renewals topic area. 
 
 

 /s/

JIMMY BRAMBLETT
Deputy Chief for Programs

 
 

Attachment A - RCPP Renewals FY 22 Guidance
Attachment B - RCPP Projects Eligible for FY 22 Renewal

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