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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants


The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals, guides, and references or to the private sector. CIG does not fund research projects, with the exception of on-farm conservation research which is an investigation conducted to answer a specific conservation-related question using a statistically valid design, while employing farm-scale equipment on farm fields.  CIG is a vehicle to stimulate the development and adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a likelihood of success, and to be candidates for eventual technology transfer or institutionalization. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.  Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to eligible non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals for projects lasting 1-3 years in duration.

FY2015 National CIG

Proposals will be accepted from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).  NRCS anticipates $20 million to support this program in FY 2015.  The maximum amount funded for any project is $1 million.  CIG recipients must provide non-Federal funding equal to the amount of Federal funds requested.  Non-Federal funds must be derived from cash and/or in-kind services.

Funds will be awarded through a two-phase nation-wide competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process.  NRCS will request a full proposal package only from those applicants selected in the pre-proposal phase by April 1, 2015.

FY2015 National CIG Proposal Submittal Timelines:

  Pre-proposal Submittal Deadline:     Full Proposal Submittal Deadline 
February 24, 2015
Before 4:00 pm EST
April 30, 2015
Before 4:00 pm EST

 

FY 2015 National CIG Application Information

The Announcement for Program Funding (APF) and application package can be found at www.grants.gov.  

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:  10.912

Funding Opportunity:  USDA-NRCS-CIG-15-01

National CIG Website:

Click Here to Access NRCS National Conservation Innovation Grant Homepage.

National CIG Contact Information

nrcscig@wdc.usda.gov

FY 2015 State CIG Component

Proposals will be accepted from the Pacific Islands Area of Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.  PIA NRCS anticipates $150,000 to support this program in FY 2015.  CIG will fund single or multiyear projects, not to exceed 3 years, with an anticipated project start date of September 30, 2015.  The maximum amount for any CIG project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2015.  CIG recipients must provide non-Federal funding equal to the amount of Federal funds requested.  Non-Federal funds must be derived from cash and/or in-kind services.

unds will be awarded through a two-phase Pacific Islands Area wide competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process.  NRCS will request a full proposal package only from those applicants selected in the pre-proposal phase.  Selected pre-proposal applicants will be notified by April 24, 2015 to submit a full proposal by the deadline.  See table for Pre-proposal and Full Proposal deadlines.

FY 15 State CIG Proposal Submittal Timelines:

  Pre-proposal Submittal Deadline:    Full Proposal Submittal Deadline: 
April 24, 2015
Before 12:00 pm (noon),
Hawaii Standard Time
June 19, 2015
Before 12:00 pm (noon),
Hawaii Standard Time

 

Priority PIA CIG Categories:

CIG pre-proposals, which demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and/or approaches to address at least one of the following bulleted topics, will be considered for selection by the Pacific Islands Area NRCS in FY15. Pre-proposals must identify the most appropriate bulleted topic which the innovation/technology is addressing.  Topics include:

  • Projects Benefitting Historically Underserved Producers, Veteran Farmers or Ranchers, or Organizations Comprised of or Representing these Individuals or Entities (i.e. Outreach)
  • Energy Conservation
  • Organic Operation Technologies
  • Wildlife
  • Soil Health
  • Nutrient Management and Water Quality
  • Aquatic Resources

For State CIG Information

The Announcement for Program Funding (APF) and application package can also be found at www.grants.gov

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:  10.912

Funding Opportunity:  USDA-NRCS-CIG-15-01

Additional Information

Pacific Islands Area Projects


Pacific Islands Area CIG Contact:

Nicola Giardina
EQIP Manager / Resource Conservationist
Phone: (808) 541-2600 x 155
Email: Nicola.Giardina@hi.usda.gov