Hill Country Headwaters Conservation Initiative

In 2018 Hill Country Conservancy, and 19 partner organizations, including the newly-launched 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).

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. Hill Country Conservancy is now accepting Pre-applications for conservation easement funding until 2/15/2020.

  • Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) - Approximately $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 way to sustain and enhance those successes.

To receive alerts about funding cycles click here.

How to Apply
  • Contact your county’s Farm Service Agency and tell them you need to “confirm eligibility for Federal funding”. We recommend starting this process immediately.
  • Pre-applications  for ACEP are now open and will be due by February 15, 2020.
  • Pre-applications for CSP and EQIP will be due in early-mid spring 2020.
    • If pre-application is approved, submit a full application to NRCS.
    • Hill Country Conservancy will provide guidance on how to develop a full application.
    • Check with your local Farm Service Agency on your eligibility status.  This is required for a full application.

    To receive alerts when funding cycles begin, click here.

    If you have any questions contact Frank Davis:

    P: 512-328-2481