Grazing Lands

USDA-NRCS Expanding Grazing Lands Conservation

Dan Cattle, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), Livestock, Pasture, USDA-NRCS

grazing lands

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through its Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) until May 26, 2024. An investment up to $22 million is being made in partnerships that expand access to conservation technical assistance for livestock producers and increase the use of conservation practices on grazing lands.

Project proposals for GLCI Cooperative Agreements will identify and address barriers to accessing grazing assistance for producers. These partnerships are encouraged to include outreach and support for reaching underserved producers. Projects funded must address certain priorities. 

NRCS Chief Terry Cosby said, “NRCS enlists a wide variety of conservation practices to help livestock producers. These partnerships will also help us expand the footprint of conservation on grazing lands and could help better reach underserved producers.” 


Through GLCI, NRCS will use partnerships to increase technical assistance for farmers and ranchers engaged in grazing activities. Eligibility is limited to single individuals or these entity types across the nation: 

Nonprofit organizations having a 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (other than institutions of higher education): 

  • Farmer or rancher organizations
  • State and local conservation governmental agencies
  • Agricultural Extension Services
  • Native American Tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Native American Tribal organizations (other than federally recognized Tribal governments)
  • Land grant universities including 1890 or 1994 land grant institution (7 U.S.C. 3222 et seq.), Hispanic-serving institution (20 U.S.C. 1101a), or other minority-serving institution, such as a historically Black college or university (20 U.S.C. 1061), a Tribally controlled college or university (25 U.S.C. 1801), or Asian American and Pacific Islander-serving institution (20 U.S.C. 1059g)

To learn more about the priorities and how to apply, visit the funding opportunity on Applications are being accepted through Sunday, May 26, 2024.