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USDA Seeking Proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants

NRCS Media Advisory-US Department of Agriculture-3001 Coolidge Road, Suite 250, East Lansing, Michigan-Phone 517/324-5270,




EAST LANSING, Feb. 2, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has $225,000 in conservation innovation grants funds available for projects in Michigan. The purpose of the grants is to develop and adopt innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production.

To be considered for funding, grant proposals must be sent to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in East Lansing or electronically submitted through by March 30, 2012. The maximum funding for individual grants is $75,000 that can cover up to 50 percent of the project cost.

Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address one or more of the following natural resource concerns: water resources, soil resources, atmospheric resources, grazing land and forest health, and wildlife habitat as well as technology concerns to improve on-farm energy efficiency. Projects must be located in Michigan and can be from one to three years in duration.

Applicants must be a non-governmental organization, a private business or individual, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, or state or local unit of government. Selected applicants may receive up to 50 percent of the total project cost, not to exceed $75,000.  Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50 percent of the project cost, of which up to 25 percent of the total project cost may be from in-kind contributions. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grant process.

A link to the full grant announcement is posted on the Natural Resources Conservation Service-Michigan Web site at

Online announcement at (includes link to application and instructions)