Programs > Landowner Incentive Program

Cost-share Funding Available for
Natural Resource Management Practices

The King Conservation District empowers landowners to be better stewards of natural resources. The District’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.

A total of 15 conservation practices are eligible for funding (see “Eligible Practices” listed below). To receive funding, cost-share practices must be included in a farm management or other technical assistance plan prepared by KCD resource conservation staff.

Applications for 2017 will be accepted on a monthly basis through November.

To initiate the application process, contact your KCD Resource Planner.

To get assigned to a KCD Resource Planner and begin the planning process, fill out this survey.

Questions about cost-share? Contact Rachel Konrady, KCD Resource Specialist, by phone at 425-282-1907, or by email: rachel.konrady@kingcd.org

Application Information & Considerations

* Note: King Conservation District cost-sharing is available to all landowners within the District boundaries, which includes all of King County except for the 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
Animal Trails & Walkways 50% $.75/ft $20,000 $10,000
Aquatic Area Buffer Planting 90% $30,000/project $30,000 $27,000
Building Relocation from Aq. 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
New! Cover Crops 90% $150/acre $22,500 $20,250
Cross Fencing 50% $3/ft $20,000 $10,000
Forest Health Management 75% $30,000/project $30,000 $22,500
Heavy Use Protection Area 50% $1,400/ animal $40,000 $20,000
Pasture & Hay Planting 50% $325/acre $20,000 $10,000
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 Tim

Cover Crop Cost-Share Announcement


Program Details

Amendment Forms

Completed Project Forms


For all information regarding the program and previously awarded LIP cost-share contracts:

contact Rachel Konrady by phone at (425)282-1907
or by email at Rachel.konrady@kingcd.org