||Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching, and forest operations, local economies, and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. RCPP partners develop project applications to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partnering organizations design, promote, implement, and evaluate the project outcomes. NRCS will select final RCPP projects following a two-phase application process that includes:(1)a pre-proposal application due July 8, 2015 and (2) a full proposal application to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by the agency to go forward from the pre-proposal stage. NRCS will assess and evaluate RCPP project applications against four criteria-solutions, contributions, innovation, and participation. The full proposal process is only open Applications will be accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).