Hill Country Headwaters
Conservation Initiative

A stewardship funding opportunity for ranchers,farmers and wildlife managers

We are not currently accepting applications for the Hill Country Headwaters Initiative. If you would like to be notified when the next funding cycle opens, click here.

Are you a conservation-minded rancher, farmer or wildlife enthusiast looking to enhance the water, soils or wildlife on your land? If so, you are in the right place. Hill Country Conservancy and its partners are now offering land stewardship financial assistance, as part of the Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative (HCHCI), to subsidize important land stewardship projects.

The HCHCI is a collaborative program created by Hill Country Conservancy,The Texas Hill Country Conservation Network, and 19 partner organizations to ensure long-term conservation of sensitive agricultural lands through partnership with area landowners. The initiative is financed through a $5.15 million award from the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as part of their Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
A portion of this award will be directed towards key land stewardship projects that meet the following criteria:

  • the project falls within the Blanco, Upper San Marcos and Llano River basins, and within areas of the Middle Colorado shown on this map, and
  • the project aims to enhance or protect soil, water and wildlife habitat, long-term.

HCC is accepting Applications of Eligibility now through May 21, 2019 at 12:59 p.m. To be considered for this financial award, landowners must take this first step in the application process by the specified deadline. Qualified applicants will be notified of their advancement and receive information about next steps. If you have a prospective project or group of projects, we encourage you to begin the application process by filling out our Application of Eligibility found here: