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USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepts Applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

Robert Bradley, Resource Conservationist

Lexington,KY, (February 26, 2013)--- Karen Woodrich, State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky, announced that NRCS is requesting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development, adoption, and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches and technologies related to water quality, soil quality, and agriculture energy. Applications are due April 26, 2013. 

The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and are awarded through a competitive process. Applications are requested from eligible government or non-government organizations or individuals and at least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from non-federal matching funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process.

Applications must be received in the KY NRCS State Office by 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST) April 26, 2013. The address for mailed or hand-delivered applications is: USDA-NRCS, attention: Robert Bradley, Kentucky CIG Program Manager, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 210, Lexington, KY 40503. You may also apply electronically by visiting  On this site, search by agency (Department of Agriculture).

A full announcement of the KY CIG State Component is available on-line at


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