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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible for this program?

Applicants must own or operate working farmland in NCLC’s service area, which includes all of Litchfield County and the towns of Brookfield, Newtown, and Sherman in Fairfield County.

Is there a match requirement?
There is no match requirement for assessments or implementation grants.

Why do I have to submit a landlord consent agreement?
The landlord consent agreement ensures compliance with state requirements. This form tells NCLC that tenant farmers have consent from their landowner to receive an assessment. The form allows applicants who are landowners to attest to their ownership of the farm property.

 

ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Is there a deadline to apply?
There is no deadline to apply to the assessment program. However, there is a limited number of assessments available. NCLC will accept and review applications on a rolling basis.

Can I submit an application for multiple parcels of farmland?

Applicants must submit an application for one farm operation, which may include separate parcels in different locations, owned or leased by the producer. NCLC may consider the proximity of the farm fields for purposes of the site visit. Applicants should not submit an application for more than one operation.

What if parcels within the farm operation are located outside of NCLC’s service area?

NCLC will require more information about the fields outside of NCLC’s service area to determine if a site visit should include each location.

How long does the assessment take?

The assessment site visit takes 1.5–4 hours, depending on the size of the farm and complexity of issues discussed. Awardees will receive their climate risk plan within two to three weeks of the site visit.

Do I need to apply for an implementation grant after receiving an assessment?

The climate risk plan is intended to set up the farm for implementation. However, awardees are not required to apply for an implementation grant through the Building Resiliency program.

When will I find out if I have been awarded?
Applicants will hear from Shelley Rose, NCLC’s agricultural program manager, in three-four weeks.

IMPLEMENTATION PROGRAM

Is there a deadline to apply?

Yes, applicants must pay attention to submission deadlines for the implementation grant program. NCLC will hold two application rounds until funds are spent down:

  • April 1-May 31
  • October 1-November 30

Can I submit an application for multiple parcels of land?

Applicants must submit an application for one farm operation, which may include separate parcels in different locations, owned or leased by the producer, within NCLC’s service area. Applicants should not submit an application for more than one operation.

What if some parcels are located outside of NCLC’s service area?

Implementation funds cannot be spent outside of NCLC’s service area.

Can I apply for multiple different projects?

The applicant can submit one application that describes one project. A single project may involve various practices applied together and within the funding parameters of this program.

Can my project expand on existing practices?

Projects may expand on existing practices, so long as the project is likely to deliver measurable outcomes (the Environmental Impacts), through baseline and post-implementation data. The applicant must make this case in the application. Additionally, the project budget cannot include any expenses incurred prior to contract execution.

What if my project falls outside the categories of soil health, nitrogen management, grazing & pasture, agroforestry, and energy use?

NCLC’s categories come from the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Mitigation Activities List. NCLC will fund projects that have a high probability of delivering Environmental Impacts, as outlined in the program guidance. NCLC will consider applications for any project that meets the requirements of the Building Resiliency program.

Will NCLC prioritize certain practices over others within these categories?

NCLC will not prioritize one primary practice from another within the categories of soil health, nitrogen management, grazing, agroforestry & pasture, and energy use. Certain practices on the NRCS’s list are marked by an asterisk, indicating that the practice is provisional, or difficult to quantify, and subject to removal from the list; necessary for the function of a primary practice, but unable to produce mitigation benefits on its own; or allowable only when implemented in a specific way. These practices may be part of the project proposal but cannot be the primary or sole practice.

Why do I need to measure the impact of my project?

Measuring the impact of each project ensures compliance with state requirements. This information justifies climate-smart agricultural funding, promoting future opportunities like the Building Resiliency subgrant program.

Can I use metrics that are not on the provided list?

Applicants may identify metrics not reflected on NCLC’s provided list. If so, applicants must reach out to shelley@ctland.org prior to submitting the application to discuss potential alternatives.

What does it mean to measure at least two types of metrics?

Applicants should select the metrics that make sense for the farm operation and indicate the greatest potential impacts of the climate-smart activities implemented. NCLC would like to see both mitigation and adaptation impacts. In the program guidance, numbers 1-2 on the provided list indicate “mitigation” related metrics, and number 3 indicates “adaptation” related metrics. While it is acceptable to report on two mitigation metrics and no adaptation metrics, is not acceptable to report on two adaptation metrics and no mitigation metrics. In other words, applicants must select at least one mitigation metric, and ideally as many adaptation metrics as possible.

When will I find out if I have been awarded?
Applications will be evaluated by a review committee. Applicants will hear from Shelley Rose, NCLC’s agricultural program manager, about two months after the submission deadline.

Do I need to receive an assessment in order to apply to the implementation grant program?

Awardees do not need to receive an assessment before applying for an implementation grant. Applicants that received an assessment through NCLC’s program will receive an additional point.