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Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Rhode Island Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

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 non-governmental 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. NRCS administers CIG.

 

 

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 $125,000 anticipated to be awarded statewide.

Funds will be awarded through a two-phase statewide competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process.  The full proposal process will only be open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by NRCS.  Only pre-proposals are being solicited at this time.

Five CIG categories are available in Rhode Island: Program Outreach; Energy Conservation; Soil Health; Wildlife; and CIG Projects Assessment. 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.

Applications for the pre-proposals must be received in the NRCS Office in Warwick, RI by 4:00 PM on June 6, 2014.  NRCS will announce selected pre-proposals applications by June 27, 2014.  Selected applicants will then be required to submit a full proposal package to NRCS by 4:00 PM on July 28, 2014.

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.

To complete an application, please select the following link http://www.grants.gov/search/basic.do and under the Search section, select Search by Funding Opportunity Number, then input USDA-NRCS-RI-14-01 for additional information.

For more information, you may contact Joseph Bachand, CIG Program Manager at 401-822-8818 or by E-mail at joseph.bachand@ri.usda.gov.

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FY 2014 CIG News Release (PDF, 32 KB)