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Conservation Innovation Grants 2008

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) in New Jersey

New Jersey NRCS requests applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted for projects located in New Jersey only. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2009 will be approximately $212,000. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. There are two state CIG categories available in FY 2009: Natural Resource Concerns Category and Technology Category. Applications are requested from eligible individuals, government or non-government organizations for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration. This notice identifies the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and associated instructions needed to apply to CIG.

The Conservation Innovation Grant program (CIG) is a voluntary program authorized under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by NRCS. The program is intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals. The grants require a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant.

New Jersey announces funding opportunities for the state component of CIG once a year on, normally in February or March after the national CIG component is announced.

The CIG State Component offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for grants up to $75,000 for eligible projects within the state. Specific details of the program change annually based on national and state priorities. Interested applicants may review the prior year funded projects and proposal requirements to get an idea of the types of projects funded; however what was considered innovative in the past may not be considered innovative in the future.

Review the links below for additional details on both national and state components.

Environmental Information and Assessment of Environmental Impacts

Applications must include a description of the potential environmental and social impacts and potential beneficial and adverse impacts of the proposed action. 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 New Jersey Environmental Evaluation Worksheet.

This is a Microsoft Excel file.
Environmental Evaluation Worksheet, Form CPA-52 is required to be submitted with CIG proposals. Scroll down on the page to NRCS National for the form in pdf and excel format. Instructions and references are also there. Updated

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. Applicants may consult with NRCS Environmental Liaison Greg Westfall or (732) 537-6054) 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.

The Announcement of Program Funding for the National CIG for Fiscal Year 2008 was announced by Chief Arlen Lancaster on Monday, December 17, 2008. Proposals for this opportunity were due in Washington by February 20, 2008.

State Conservationist Tom Drewes announced the 2008 New Jersey Conservation Innovation Grants program awards in July 2008.


Contact: Janice Reid, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs (732) 537-6042