Cost-Share Funding Available for
Natural Resource Management Practices

KCD empowers land managers to be better stewards of natural resources. KCD’s Landowner Incentive Program (LIP) provides landowners with cost-share assistance to support implementation of conservation practices on private property. Landowner expenses associated with pre-approved conservation practices are matched with KCD cost-share funding at a ratio of 50% to 90% of the total cost of projects. Cost-share ratios vary by conservation practice (see “Eligible Practices” listed below).

To receive funding, cost-share practices must be included in a farm conservation or other technical assistance plan prepared by KCD resource conservation staff.

Applications for 2019 will be accepted on a monthly basis through November.

To initiate the application process, contact your KCD Resource Planner. Questions about cost-share? Contact Laura Redmond, LIP Program Manager.

Application Information & Considerations

  • Landowners and managers within KCD’s service area may apply.*
  • Eligible practices must be included in a KCD-prepared farm conservation plan or other technical assistance plan and require advanced planning.
  • Maximum amounts apply to each eligible conservation practice.
  • Applicants may apply for only one practice at a time. (Exceptions apply)
  • Applicants will be notified of award within 15 business days of application deadline (See 2019 calendar for deadline dates).
  • There will be no reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the award of cost-share.
  • In-kind labor and use of personally owned machinery are eligible for reimbursement.
  • Project expenses will be reimbursed upon verification of practice implementation.
  • Applicants are expected to maintain the project for the lifetime of each funded practice.
  • Maintenance documentation will include site visits by KCD staff and photo documentation by the landowner.
  • Expenses reimbursed by the KCD Landowner Incentive Program are considered reportable income by the IRS.
  • Applications are prepared with support from your KCD Resource Planner. To initiate the process, contact your planner.

* Note: King Conservation District cost-sharing is available to all landowners within KCD service area boundaries, which includes all of King County except for the incorporated cities of Enumclaw, Federal Way, Milton, Pacific, and Skykomish.

Eligible Practices

Best Management Practice (click for a definition and pictures) % of Total Cost Reimbursable $/ Unit Max Practice Maximum Maximum Reimbursement
Aquatic Area Buffer Planting 90% $30,000/project $30,000 $27,000
Building Relocation from Aquatic Area/Buffer 50% Case by case $20,000 $10,000
Bulkhead Removal 75% Case by case $40,000 $30,000
Buffer Fencing 75% $5/ft $30,000 $22,500
Cover Crops 90% $150/acre $22,500 $20,250
Forest Health Management 75% $30,000/project $30,000 $22,500
Heavy Use Protection Area 50% $1,400/animal $40,000 $20,000
Pasture Health Management 50-75% case by case, dependent on project needs $60,000 $45,000
Roof Run-off Structure 50% $7/ft $20,000 $10,000
Stream Crossings 75% $1,100/ft $40,000 $30,000
Subsurface Drain 50% $20/ft $20,000 $10,000
Waste Storage Facility 75% $1,000/animal $30,000 $22,500
Watering Facility 50% Case by case $20,000 $10,000

Example Calculation: Farmer Tim has 4 horses and would like to install a waste storage facility. KCD will reimburse 75% of a the total project cost, up to a practice cap of $1,000 per animal unit. Therefore, Farmer Tim’s practice cap is $4,000 (4 AU x $1,000/AU = $4,000 practice cap), and the maximum he can be reimbursed is $3,000 (75% of $4,000). Additionally, if the actual practice cost is below $4,000, he will be reimbursed no more than 75% of all eligible expenses associated with the actual project cost.

4 animal units x $1,000 per animal unit = $4,000 practice cap

KCD Reimburses 75% of actual expenses. If actual expenses = $4,000 then reimbursement will be $3,000.

$4,000 x .75 = $3,000 reimbursed to Farmer Time

Program Details

Amendment Forms

Completed Project Forms

All land managers in KCD’s service area are eligible to apply for cost-share funding, but the practice must be pre-approved and included in a Farm Conservation Plan or other technical assistance plan prepared by KCD resource conservation staff.

For all information regarding the program and previously awarded LIP cost-share contracts, contact at 425-282-1908.
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