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NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants in New Jersey

New Jersey NRCS requests applications for the state Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications from eligible individuals, non-federal government and non-government organizations for projects located in New Jersey between one and three years in duration will be considered for the statewide competitive grants process.

Past awards can be reviewed on the CIG History Page.


2016 Conservation Innovation Grants

Announcement for Program Funding

Up to $214,538 will be available for the FY 2016 program in New Jersey. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2016.

To be given consideration, the proposed project should demonstrate each of the following:

USDA-NRCS is seeking proposals for projects in New Jersey:

  1. that are targeted to historically underserved and veteran farmers, beginning farmers, and those with limited resources;
  2. that stimulate natural resource solutions to protect or improve the quality of ground and surface water; and
  3. that develop additional innovative investment strategies that leverage private capital for private lands conservation.

Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects located entirely within New Jersey between one and three years in duration.

Funds will be awarded through a two-phase competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process. The full proposal process will only be open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by NRCS.

Friday, May 13, 2016: Applications for the pre-proposal phase must be received at the NRCS-NJ State Office, 220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor, Somerset, NJ 08873 by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, May 27, 2016: Notification of selected pre-proposal applications.

Friday, June 24, 2016: Selected applicants must submit a full proposal package to the NRCS-NJ State Office, 220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor, Somerset, NJ 08873 by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Application Materials

The grant application package materials identify the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and associated instructions needed to apply to CIG.

The grant package is available on Grants.gov Click on the “Apply for Grants” link on the left side of the page. Enter CFDA Number: 10.912. The grant application package materials identify the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and associated instructions needed to apply for CIG.

NRCS-NJ FY 2016 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Announcement

Search criteria for FY2016 NJ NRCS CIG Grant Package on Grants.gov

  • Funding Opportunity Number: 69-2B29-16-NJ
  • Opportunity Title: NRCS-NJ FY 2016 Conservation Innovation Grants
  • US Department: Department of Agriculture,
  • Agency: New Jersey State Office

The grant package is also available below:

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

About Form CPA-52 - Environmental Effects for Conservation Planning

Applicants must include a description of the potential environmental and social impacts, plus potential beneficial and adverse impacts of the proposed action. A description of the potential impacts to all environmental resources must be disclosed. Environmental resources include soil, water, air, plants, and animals, as well as other specific resources protected by law, Executive Order, and Agency policy. These resources are outlined in the NRCS Environmental Evaluation Worksheet, form CPA-52. This form is available for download on the national NRCS website page, Environmental Compliance at NRCS.

The CPA-52 form can be used as a guide for the scope of environmental information that should be prepared for this section of the application. In addition to describing impacts, applicants are required to assess the significance or degree of potential environmental impact of the proposed project on environmental resources.

Applicants may consult with the New Jersey NRCS Environmental Liaison, Elizabeth (Betsy) McShane, Biologist at (609) 561-3223 X109 concerning the scope of what should be addressed in this section of the application.

Note: Please be aware that applications for projects with potentially adverse impacts may need to be modified in order to achieve acceptable and beneficial levels of environmental impact. If projects cannot be modified, then there is a potential during the screening process that the application may not be selected.

Contact:  Gail Bartok, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, 732-537-6042 or gail.bartok@nj.usda.gov

 

Visit the National CIG webpage for more on the national competition.

 

updated Aprl 1, 2016