Funding Opportunities

North Plains Groundwater Conservation District is always seeking ways to make agricultural conservation practices more affordable and accessible. We work with partners such as Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Texas Water Development Board to bring grants and cost-share opportunities to agricultural producers in the North Plains. 

Please note that North Plains GCD is not always the administrator of these funding opportunities, and the following links are for informational purposes only. Please contact the appropriate agency for eligibility requirements and more details.

Regional Conservation Partnership Program

USDA – Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) to encourage installation of irrigation system monitoring equipment. Our friends at High Plains Water District have created a great resource page to help producers learn more about RCPP. Please contact your county’s NRCS office to apply.

Meter Reimbursement

Thanks to a grant from the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) the North Plains Groundwater Conservation District provides funding to irrigators to offset up to half the equipment cost of water meters. This program is administered by North Plains GCD, and more information can be found here.

Master Irrigator

Master Irrigator is an innovative program designed by North Plains GCD staff with the support of NRCS. After qualifying participants attend 4 intensive classes regarding conservation irrigation, they are eligible to apply for up to $20,000 of cost-share funding from NRCS. Go to the Master Irrigator page to apply for the Master Irrigator Class of 2022. Applications close Friday March 11, 2022!

Irrigation Conservation Initiative

Producers that attended certain educational field days in 2017 are eligible to apply for equipment cost-share through the North Plains GCD Irrigation Conservation Initiative program, funded by Texas Water Development Board. If you are eligible, please reach out to Kirk Welch at