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NJ Conservation Innovation Grants Pre-Proposal Period Open till April 30

Contact:
Barbara Phillips, Public Affairs Specialist
732-537-6044


Somerset, March 24, 2014  - USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Carrie Mosley has announced that NRCS is accepting pre-proposals for the 2014 state component of the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Projects that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies will be considered for funding for a maximum award of $75,000. Topics to be addressed in this year’s program include program outreach, nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, wildlife and economics.

NRCS-NJ anticipates that approximately $148,000 will be available for the program this year. As in the past, the state CIG is conducted as a two-phase competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process. The full proposal process will only be open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by NRCS-NJ.

Applications for the pre-proposal phase must be received at the NRCS-NJ State Office by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on April 30, 2014. Notification of selected pre-proposal applications will be announced by May 12, 2014. Selected applicants will then be required to submit a full proposal package to the NRCS-NJ State Office by 4 p.m. EST on June 30, 2014.

The proposed projects must be located entirely within New Jersey and between 1 and 3 years in duration. Eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals from any of the 50 States, Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) may apply.

The complete announcement is available on the NRCS NJ CIG webpage and on www.grants.gov. Questions should be directed to Greg Westfall, CIG Coordinator at Gregory.Westfall@nj.usda.gov. A brief description of past New Jersey CIG awards can be found online: http://go.usa.gov/KvuV.