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Maine State Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)

Grants to Maine Agricultural Producers for
Natural Resource Conservation Strategies

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Maine Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Deadline Date:

08/16/19 - Applications accepted on a continuous basis until the deadline for all programs excluding the National Water Quality Initiative.


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Grants to Maine agricultural and forest producers to improve environmental sustainability and address issues involving natural resources. Funding is intended to address the following areas of focus: improving water and air quality, ground and surface water conservation, reduced soil sedimentation and erosion, and enhancing or creating wildlife habitats.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program is a voluntary conservation program from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. It supports production agriculture and environmental quality as compatible goals. Through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, agricultural producers may receive financial and technical help with structural and management conservation practices on agricultural land.

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program provides financial assistance in the form of a fixed payment rate for each eligible practice and activity under contract. The payment rate will be the compensation for the program participant.

Higher priority will be given to applications that use cost-effective conservation practices, address national, state and local priority resource concerns, and provide long-lasting, environmental benefit.

Specific program subcategories:

- Conservation Activity Plans
- Irrigation Assistance Available Through EQIP
- On-Farm Energy Initiative
- Organic Agriculture Initiative
- High Tunnel Systems
- National Water Quality Initiative
- Working Lands for Wildlife
- Pollinators
- Edge of Field Monitoring

For more information on each of these program areas, see the URL for Full Text link below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172712

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any private agricultural or forest producer engaged in livestock, crop or forest production on eligible land may apply for EQIP.

Agricultural producers and owners of non-industrial private forestland and Tribes are eligible to apply for EQIP.

Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pastureland, non-industrial private forestland and other farm or ranch lands.

Socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource farmers, Indian tribes and beginning farmers/veterans are eligible for an increased payment rate and may receive an advance payment of up to 50 percent to purchase materials and services needed to implement conservation practices included in their EQIP contract.

In order to be eligible to sign up for EQIP, the applicant must be determined to be an eligible producer by NRCS. If you are a new USDA program applicant, please contact your local USDA Service Center for information on eligibility requirements. If you have been a USDA program participant in the past, please contact your local USDA Service Center to review and update your information.

The land offered for EQIP must also be determined eligible by NRCS. Eligible land under the EQIP program is land that has a resource concern identified by a certified conservation planner that can be addressed through application of the conservation practices eligible for this signup period.

Pre-Application Information:

For the National Water Quality Initiative: Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, however the deadline for NWQI 2019 funding considerations is: April 19, 2019.

For all other applications: Applications for enrollment in EQIP are accepted on a continuous basis. Application Batching Period Deadline for Fiscal Year 2020 EQIP applications is August 16, 2019.

For program specific webpages, see the URL for Full Text link below.

How the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Works in Maine:

Information about Socially Disadvantaged, Limited Resource, Beginning Farmers, Veteran Farmers:

Limited Resource Farmer/Rancher Eligibility tool:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Susan Arrants, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs

Contact the local USDA Service Center:

Natural Resources Conservation Service
967 Illinois Avenue, Suite #3
Bangor, ME 04401

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Maine