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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

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New York State

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  Tammy Willis
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Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New York State announces up to $150,000 in available funding for qualifying projects under the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program. CIG, a component of the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), provides eligible applicants with the opportunity to address some of the state’s most pressing natural resource conservation needs.

The Fiscal Year 2015 New York Conservation Innovation Grants State Component Request for Proposals (RFP) is announced and accepting applications. The pre-proposal must be received by NRCS before 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on June 1, 2015. NRCS will announce selected pre-proposal applications by June 19, 2015. Selected applicants will then be required to submit a full proposal package to NRCS by 4:00 p.m. EST on July 24, 2015.

NRCS provides funding opportunities for agriculturalists and others through various programs. Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program 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 funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations.

What's New in CIG?

CIG now facilitates on-farm conservation research and demonstration and pilot-testing of new technologies or innovative conservation practices.

Additional CIG Information

As part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, USDA NRCS administers both national and state level Conservation Innovation Grant programs, which provide competitive grants to State and Local governments, Tribes, non-governmental organizations and individuals.

 Each year, there are two separate opportunities to apply for grants - the NRCS New York administered CIG program and the NRCS nationally administered CIG program. Each grant program may be applied to separately. Grant applications submitted to the national program are evaluated and awarded separately from the New York CIG program and vice versa. A qualified agency, organization or individual may apply simultaneously to each program; however, only one grant will be awarded for the same application.

Application Materials

Application materials and RFP will be posted on Grants.Gov when they are available.

The following documents require Adobe Reader. All documents are less than 440 KB in size except where noted.

Form Number

Form Name

  Request for Proposals (PDF; 1.5 MB)
SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance
SF-424A Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs
SF-424B Assurances for Non-Construction Programs
SF-424C Budget Information for Construction Programs
SF-424D Assurances - Construction Programs
AD-3030 Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants
AD-3031 Assurance Regarding Felony Conviction or Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants
  Grant Application Package (contains mandatory forms for completion of application in one PDF document)
  Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (Web page)


More Information

Conservation Innovation Grants fact sheet

These documents require Adobe Reader.

CIG Fact Sheet (PDF; 377 KB) 

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For more information, visit Grants.Gov or the national NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants web page.