Eligible Applicants are organizations who work directly with producers (farmers and ranchers) from underserved communities and/or directly with underserved producers, and include the following types of organizations:
- Beginning Farmer Organizations
- Conservation Districts
- Institutions of Higher Learning
- Local and State Government Agencies
- Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and non-profit organizations as defined in 2 C.F.R. § 200 with influence on underserved farmers, socially disadvantaged farmers and/or limited resource farmers
- Tribal Nations (State or Federally Recognized)
- Veteran Farmer or Rancher Groups
Eligible organizations must directly collaborate with underserved farmers on projects within EPA’s Ohio-Tennessee Region. States within the Ohio-Tennessee region are Kentucky & Tennessee, MS River Drainage areas of Indiana & Ohio, western portions of North Carolina, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, & Virginia; and the following counties in Maryland (Garrett) & New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua).
For a full list of counties eligible for grants from the NASDA Foundation and the three other regional granting partners, see Appendix B of the Grant Guidance.
Working farms, ranches, and forests provide food, fuel, and fiber for the world, but activities can affect water quality locally and across multi-state watersheds. Implementation of soil and water conservation practices can help reduce runoff and nonpoint source pollution.
The objectives of this program are to:
- Work directly with historically underserved producers on novel or innovative techniques, methods, or approaches that reduce non-point source pollution and increase the sustainability and resiliency of their operations;
- Leverage partnerships to increase knowledge sharing and collaboration within and among historically underserved communities;
- Collect and analyze data to demonstrates the results of funded projects; and
- Disseminate results to the community to inform future conservation or management practices and expand adoption of the most cost-effective and sustainable approaches.
Projects must include at least one of the following types of activities:
- Water quality initiatives such as nutrient reduction with creative runoff treatment solutions; innovative year-round ground cover to limit erosion; planting field buffers; conservation tillage; managing livestock access to streams; address key manure nutrient management issues (e.g., phosphorus saturation in soil, ammonia emissions, alternative uses for manure nutrients); increase the implementation of nitrogen-use efficiency tools to better manage inorganic nitrogen inputs on cropland.
- Habitat restoration initiatives such as riparian zone improvement; observing environmental windows; restoration or protection of wildlife corridors; partner easements; landowner habitat planting/restoration; other innovative habitat ideas; conservation and restoration of perennially flooded grasslands and forests.
- Sustainable forest management initiatives such as utilizing sustainable forestry practices that protect and maintain water quality and habitat; improving utilization of sustainable forestry practices through training, education, and public outreach; and monitoring effectiveness of sustainable practices.