$750,000 Available in Colorado NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants–Apply Today
April 11, 2013
DENVER – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced the availability of up to $750,000 for proposed projects in Colorado through the 2013 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on April 19, 2013. Please visit www.co.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/cig/cig.htm for additional information.
Individual applications will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process for improving conservation practices in Colorado. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities, including Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, State and local governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years.
“These grants provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate new conservation technologies that will address one or more of the natural resource concern areas in Colorado that addresses water quality, air quality, or soil health,” said Phyllis Ann Philipps, Colorado NRCS State Conservationist, Denver.
Funds will be awarded through a two-phase nationwide 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. Only pre-proposals are being solicited at this time.
NRCS will announce selected pre-proposal applications by May 6, 2013. Selected applicants will then be required to submit a full proposal package to NRCS by 4:00 p.m. on May 31, 2013.
CIG recipients must match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and in-kind contributions. Of the applicant’s required match (50 percent), a minimum of 25 percent of the total project cost must come from cash sources; the remaining 25 percent may come from in-kind contributions.
The 25 percent limit on in-kind contributions does not apply to projects carried out by a Beginning Farmer or Rancher, Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher, Federally recognized Indian tribes, members of Federally-recognized Indian tribes, or a community-based organization comprised of or representing them). Instead, up to 37.5 percent of their total project cost may derive from in-kind contributions. This exception is intended to help these individuals and entities meet the statutory requirements for receiving a CIG. The remaining 12.5 percent match must be provided in cash.
Send pre-proposal applications must be sent to the following address:
USDA-NRCS, CIG Program
Colorado NRCS State Office
Denver Federal Center
Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225-0426
Applications may also be sent electronically through www.grants.gov or to Michael.Brady@co.usda.gov . Applications will be disqualified if not received by 4 p.m. on April 19, 2013 Mountain Standard Time.
For additional information on CIG, contact Michael Brady, State CIG Program Manager, at (720) 544-2813 or Michael.Brady@co.usda.gov.