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 Grants.gov, 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs (732) 537-6042