Conservation Partners Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) manages the Conservation Partners Program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and General Mills. The program awards competitive grants that accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture principles and conservation practices on private working lands in priority geographic areas. Grant recipients provide technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to help them develop management plans, design and implement best practices, participate in Farm Bill programs, and share their experiences and lessons learned. This work enhances wildlife habitat, soil health, water conservation and quality, and carbon storage while providing important social and economic benefits to agricultural producers.

This funding opportunity will provide grant funding for projects that align geographically with the following program priority categories:

Prairie Pothole Region
Upper Mississippi River Basin
Southern Great Plains
Pacific Salmon and Western Water
Working Lands for Wildlife

Approximately $800,000 will be available for the Pacific Salmon and Western Water category. This category focuses on stream reaches in California, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming where insufficient in-stream flows are identified as a key limiting factor for salmonid survival. Priority will be given to projects that support delivery of the the NRCS EQIP WaterSMART Initiative as a complement to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART program. Key objectives for this category include:

Advance irrigation efficiencies and other on-farm conservation practices to conserve water
Restore in-stream flows to support Pacific salmonid populations
Increase drought resilience of farm operations and freshwater systems
Integrate water conservation into whole-farm planning

Priority strategies include: irrigation improvement and other water conservation strategies.

Funding Agency

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation



6.7 million total with 800,000 for the Pacific Salmon category

Funding Cycle

Application Deadline

February 23, 2022