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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Accepts Grant Applications for Conservation Innovation Efforts

For Immediate Release

CONTACT:
Christy Morgan
Acting Public Affairs Specialist
christy.morgan@ky.usda.gov
859-224-8363

Grant Program Links Public, Private Groups to Improve the Environment and Preserve Resources

Lexington, KY (February 11, 2014)--- The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)  is accepting applications for competitive grants to develop and accelerate conservation approaches and technologies on private agricultural and forest lands.

Clifford Thornton, Acting State Conservationist for NRCS in Kentucky said, “Conservation Innovation Grants activate creativity and problem-solving to benefit conservation-minded farmers and rancher.”  He said about $150,000 will be made available in Kentucky by NRCS.  State and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, non-governmental and educational organizations, private businesses and individuals are eligible to apply.

The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 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.

“These grants are critical for developing and demonstrating new ideas for conservation on America’s private lands and strengthening rural communities,” Thornton added.  In the 10 years that NRCS has administered the program, grants have helped develop water quality trading markets, demonstrated ways to increase fertilizer water and energy efficiencies, as well as address other resource concerns.

For more information on this grant opportunity, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ky/programs/financial/cig/ To apply electronically, visit www.grants.gov or send to Tibor Horvath, Kentucky CIG Program Manager. Applications sent via USPS mail, express mail or overnight courier service must be sent to the following address:

USDA-NRCS
CIG Program
771 Corporate Drive
Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40503

Applications must be received by NRCS before 4 p.m. on April 25, 2014.

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America's farmers and ranchers conserve the nation's soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

 

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