Franklin County Conservation District
"Conserving our Natural Resources for the Future"
Cost Share Program
What is cost share?
Cost share is a program set up by the Kansas Department of Agricultures Division of Conservation with funding provided from the Water Plan Fund, to allocate money to conservation districts across the state to help landowners pay the cost of installing and constructing conservation practices on their land. The cost share program is not a loan program; the money paid to landowners through cost share is virtually free money!
Cost share is divided into the Non-Point Source Pollution Control Program and the Water Resource Cost Share Program.
How Do I Apply?
Step 1: print and complete a cost share application and mail or fax (785-242-2409) it to the Franklin County Conservation District during designated application period (s). Applications for SFY2014 were accepted January 2, 2013 through 4:30PM March 6, 2013.
Step 2: Depending on what type of practice you are planning to install a field visit may need to be scheduled with one of the NRCS staff to determine your project needs. NRCS staff provides technical assistance to the Conservation District and Franklin County landowners by doing design work, stakeout, and final inspection of most practices.
Step 3: Once your "needs" have been established your application will be taken to the Conservation District Boardfor review and possible approval. Approval is based on many criteria including water quality benefit and erosion control.
Step 4: At this point your application is submitted to the Kansas Department of Agricultures Division of Conservation for approval. Ks Dept of Ag, Conservation Division verifies the practice and availability of funds.
Step 5: Once your application is approved by the Ks Dept of Ag, Conservation Division you will sign a landowner contract. This contract outlines all terms set forth by the Conservation Division pertaining to the program which must be agreed to. Once the contract has been signed and returned to our office you may begin working on the project. NO WORK SHALL BEGIN PRIOR TO THIS POINT.
Step 6: Once your project is complete, a copy of all bills must be submitted to the Conservation District Office. A request for payment will be completed and sent to the Conservation Division for processing. It usually takes two weeks from the time bills are submitted AND final inspection is completed to receive your check in the mail.
Other information landowners should know about the cost share program:
We do NOT have funds available for new pond construction or for pond cleaning.
Funding is provided by the Kansas Department of Agricultures Division of Conservation, with appropriations through the Kansas Water Plan Fund.
Franklin County Conservation District is not responsible for arrangements, quotes, or contracts between individual landowners and contractors.
All constructed practices must be designed and constructed to meet NRCS standards and specifications, with the exception of onsite waste systems.
The Franklin County Conservation District has set the following funding limits:
Livestock Waste Facilities $10,000.00
Onsite Waste Systems $3,000
All other projects are limited to $5,000.00
Funding limits are per project, per fiscal year.
Landowners may complete multiple projects within the same fiscal year, not to exceed the $10,000 landowner limit.
Soil testing is not included in the landowner limit. Click here for more information on soil testing.
Click Here for a list of conservation practices available through the cost share program in Franklin County
Photo Gallery of Conservation Practices
Find a contractor on our Contractor's List
All programs of the Franklin County Conservation District are available without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age or handicap.
Please note since funding is provided from the State of Kansas any landowner receiving $600 or more will receive a 1099G for tax purposes. Cost share payments are subject to the State set-off program for debits owed to the State.