The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that up to $225 million is available for conservation partners through the Regional Partnership Program (RCPP). Partnerships between water utilities and the agricultural community for on-farm conservation practices are often eligible for funding under these programs. RCPP offers two types of funding: RCPP Classic: Projects are implemented using Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) contracts and easement with producers, landowners and communities in collaboration with project partners. RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA): Projects that use innovative approaches to leverage the federal investment in conservation. Projects that deploy a pay-for-performance conservation approach. Projects that seek large-scale infrastructure investments that generate conservation benefits for agricultural producers and nonindustrial private forest owners. Proposals are due to the USDA by 11:59 p.m. on April 13. The funding opportunity for RCPP Classic and RCPP AFA may be viewed on grants.gov . Additionally, a webinar with general program information for RCPP applicants is scheduled for 3-4:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 20, 2022. Visit the RCPP website for information on how to participate. AWWA members were critical in advocating for funding for source water protection in the 2018 Farm Bill. Several resources are available on AWWA’s Source Water Protection Resource Page , including: Whiteboard animation video on source water protection and RCPP programs Source Water Protection Justification Toolkit Protecting Drinking Water at the Source brochure Questions can be directed to Adam Carpenter , energy and environmental policy manager.