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USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Farmers Address Natural Resource Challenges


United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 100
Dover, Delaware 19904
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Paul Petrichenko, 302-678-4180
Dastina Johnson, 302/678-4179

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Farmers Address Natural Resource Challenges

Grant pre-proposals must be submitted by December 28, 2010


DOVER, Del., Dec.2, 2010 – Delaware State Conservationist Russell Morgan, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), recently announced that USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation.  NRCS is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to address natural resource concerns nationwide with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 


   “I encourage Delaware’s conservation stakeholders to take advantage of CIG to address and solve some of our pressing natural resource challenges,” said Morgan.  “We are committed to ensuring Delaware’s private lands are protected, restored and sustained for future generations.”


   Successful applicants will demonstrate that their projects use innovative, on-the-ground conservation approaches and technologies.  Funds will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process with applications being accepted from all 50 States.  Applications will be accepted from all eligible individuals, non-federal governments and non-governmental organizations, including federally recognized tribes and private businesses. 


   This year, a two-phase competitive process will be implemented.  In phase one, all applicants will be required to submit a pre-proposal; in phase two, only those applicants selected during the pre-proposal phase will be asked to submit a full application package.  All proposed CIG projects must involve producers who are eligible for NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program, which offers financial and technical assistance to help producers implement conservation practices on agricultural land. 


   The federal contribution for a single project cannot exceed $1 million.  At least 50 percent of the total cost of the project must come from non-federal matching funds (cash and in-kind contributions) provided by the grantee.  Grants are available for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed 3 years. Proposed projects must comply with the description of innovative conservation projects or activities established in the Announcement for Program Funding (APF). 

   Pre-proposal applications must be received at the NRCS National Headquarters by close of business December 28, 2010. To view the complete APF, visit To apply electronically, visit: For more information about Delaware NRCS conservation programs, visit:, or your local USDA Service Center.


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