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NRCS Seeks Proposals for 2014 Maryland Conservation Grants

Annapolis, July 30, 2014 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maryland has announced that approximately $300,000 is available in 2014 for the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

This year, Maryland NRCS will offer Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding for projects within the state that focus on soil health, nutrient management and wildlife. Soil health submissions can address a wide range of topics, including crop diversity, grazing management, and soil water holding capacity. Innovative approaches that manage and optimize nutrient management to reduce downstream nutrient loads and maintain agricultural productivity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are also strongly encouraged.

CIG grants will be awarded for projects between one and three years’ duration with individual awards not exceeding $75,000. Entities and individuals, including state and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations, who are interested in applying for these competitive grants must submit a full application to the NRCS State Office by 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on August 22, 2014.

CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology. CIG does not fund research projects or those intended to formulate hypotheses. Applications may be submitted electronically by visiting and clicking on the “Apply for Grants” link. The Maryland application number is USDA-NRCS-MD-CIG-14-01. Packages may also be hand delivered or sent via express mail, overnight courier service or the United States Postal Service to: USDA-NRCS, Attn: Denise Brooks, 339 Busch’s Frontage Road, Suite 301, Annapolis, MD 21409.

Information about the CIG Announcement of Program Funding can be found at and on the CIG Web page at