CEG Program

The FCCD is now accepting applications from farmers and landowners for a Conservation Excellent Grant (CEG).

Applicants may be awarded money for projects located in Franklin County at a 90% cost share rate up to $250,000 maximum with the landowner responsible for 10% matching funds.

The CEG Program will fund projects that implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) from a Conservation plan, Ag E&S plan, Nutrient Management plan or a Manure Management plan that has been developed for an agricultural operation. Please see below for BMPs considered eligible for cost-share.

NOTE: Applications MAY be submitted at any time for consideration in the next funding cycle.

THE DEADLINE FOR CONSIDERATION IN ROUND 2 IS AUGUST 20, 2021 BY 3:30 P.M.

BMPs eligible for cost-share include, but are not limited to:

  • Waste Storage Facilities
  • Livestock Exclusion Fencing with Off-Stream Watering System
  • Streamside Buffers (click HERE for details)
  • Barnyard & Feedlot Runoff Abatement
  • Streambank Restoration
  • Cover Crops (certain restrictions apply)
  • Buffer (30’+ wide) with or without exclusion fence (includes grass and forest buffers)
  • Narrow Buffer (15′-29′ wide) with or without exclusion fence (includes grass and forest buffers)
  • Non-Urban Stream Restoration
  • Grassed Waterway/Diversion
  • Silage Leachate Management
  • Stream Bank Fencing (no buffer)

If interested in applying or learning more, please click on the link below or contact the FCCD office at 717-264-5499.

CEG Program Guidelines

The application forms can be accessed using these links:

CEG Application

District Cooperator Form

Plan Verification Form