Hill Country Headwaters
Conservation Initiative

A stewardship funding opportunity for ranchers,farmers and wildlife managers

Hill Country Conservancy is not currently accepting applications for funding.
Covid - 19 Update:

Given the importance of onsite consultations to successfully plan for stewardship projects and the need to protect the health and safety of our landowner partners, we unfortunately must defer all future funding requests for land stewardship proposals. We intend to re-open the application period in the fall of this year, provided social distancing measures have been relaxed at that time. Please stay tuned for updated timelines.


If you require more immediate assistance, we encourage you to contact NRCS regarding their own Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) which remains a viable opportunity for funding qualified stewardship projects. The application deadline for the EQIP program is May 15.

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 and the purchase of conservation easements.

About the Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative Program

In 2018 Hill Country Conservancy, and 19 partner organizations, including the newly-launched The Texas Hill Country Conservation Network, banded together to create the Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative (HCHCI).  The HCHCI is focused on the conservation of sensitive land through partnerships with Hill Country landowners who are dedicated to enhancing and protecting natural resources. 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). Now, the 20 partners are taking the first step in distributing this award to landowners who wish to carry out conservation practices to enhance water resources, soil health, wildlife habitat and long-term productivity.

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.
Available Cost Share Programs

If criteria are met, the HCHCI includes three cost share programs intended to assist landowners with enhancing water, soil, or wildlife on their land.

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) – nearly $1M available to assist landowners aiming to enhance water and wildlife resources.
  • Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) – $482,000 available for landowners who currently demonstrate success in stewardship practices and are seeking ways to sustain and enhance those successes.
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) – $2.1M available for the purchase of conservation easements from willing landowners.

For information on the application process,click here.

To receive alerts when funding cycles begin, click here.