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$158,000 AVAILABLE FOR RHODE ISLAND STATE CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANTS

 

$158,000 AVAILABLE FOR RHODE ISLAND STATE CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANTS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     MEDIA CONTACT: Walter Marshall
                                                                                                                                     Public Affairs Specialist
                                                                                                                                     (401) 822-8816

                                                                                                          PROGRAM CONTACT: Mike Moorman
                                                                                                                                          (401) 822-8820

WARWICK, RI, April 29, 2010 -- The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service of Rhode Island (USDA NRCS) is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded through a competitive grants process with up to $158,000 to be awarded statewide.

Two CIG categories are available in Rhode Island: Natural Resource Concerns and Technology. Applications are requested from eligible government or non-government organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration. Applications will only be considered for projects in Rhode Island.

Proposals must be received in the NRCS Office in Warwick, RI by 4 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), on May 28, 2010. Applications must be sent or delivered to: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grants Program, 60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46, Warwick, RI 02886-0181 or may be submitted electronically through the Web site Grants.gov. Visit www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp and follow the instructions for Grant opportunity: USDA-NRCS-RI-10-01.

For more information and to download the application materials, please visit the Rhode Island NRCS website at www.ri.nrcs.usda.gov or contact Michael Moorman, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, at 401-822-8820 or by email at Michael.Moorman@ri.usda.gov.