United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
07/19/21 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories individuals and non-federal agencies to promote the adoption and development of innovative approaches to conservation in agriculture. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority funding areas include water resources and increased resilience, soil health, nutrient management, grazing lands conservation, and increasing conservation adoption.
The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research means an investigation conducted to answer a specific applied conservation question using a statistically valid design while employing farmscale equipment on farms, ranches, or private forest lands.
Innovative Conservation Projects or Activities:
Technologies and approaches that are eligible for funding in a project’s geographic area using an EQIP contract for an established conservation practice standard are ineligible for CIG funding, except where the use of those technologies and approaches demonstrates clear innovation.
NRCS strongly encourages the submission of CIG proposals addressing the innovative conservation needs of urban farmers in metropolitan areas. Interest in urban agriculture continues to grow, and there is a common need to address complex natural resource concerns related to the climate change, water conservation, and soil health priorities described in section A.4 of the NFO.
NRCS intends to award at least 10 percent of the funds available through this notice to proposals from historically underserved producers or community-based organizations comprised of or representing these entities.
Priorities can be found starting on page 6 of the NFO. See Attached Documents, below.
GrantWatch ID#: 129980
The agency expects to make between 15 and 25 awards.
- Award Ceiling: $2,000,000
- Award Floor: $300,000
Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of March 1, 2022.
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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA) Guam (USA) Puerto Rico (USA) Virgin Islands (USA) Northern Mariana Islands (USA)
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