USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting project proposals for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Proposals are due by June 3, 2016.
“The purpose of the CIG program is to develop and adopt innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production,” says Marty Adkins, Iowa CIG program coordinator at the state NRCS office in Des Moines. “CIG provides farmers the opportunity to address some of Iowa’s most pressing natural resource conservation needs through innovative measures.”
Selected applicants may receive up to 50% of the total project cost, not to exceed $75,000. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50% of the project cost, of which up to 25% of the total project cost may be from in-kind contributions.
Projects need to show use of innovative technologies and ideas
Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches, says Adkins. NRCS will accept proposals for single or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by eligible entities from Iowa. Applicants must be a non-governmental organization, a private business or individual, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, or state or local unit of government.
Through CIG, NRCS partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. These new technologies and approaches address some of the nation's most pressing natural resources concerns. CIG benefits agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with federal, state and local regulations. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award the competitive grants. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.