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Conservation Innovation Grants Available for Soil Health, Water Quality Projects

Charlie Rahm

NRCS and Extension Work on MRBI

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants to fund projects focusing on soil health and water quality.

State Conservationist J.R. Flores said Missouri anticipates having $100,000 in state-component funds available for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). Individual grants can be for up to $50,000, and can be used to fund up to 50 percent of a project’s total cost.

Conservation Innovation Grants are for projects targeting innovative, on-the-ground conservation, including target projects and field demonstrations that can last from one to three years. CIG is not a research program, but rather a tool to stimulate the adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a high likelihood of success and are likely candidates for eventual technology transfer.

Information about CIG and the application process is available by clicking here. Applications must be received by 4 p.m., June 13. Submit applications via the United States Postal Service or by express mail or courier service to:

Ellizabeth Moy
Supervisory Contracting Officer
601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 250
Columbia, Missouri 65203

Application may also be submitted by e-mail to Ellizabeth Moy.