NRCS Announces Funding for Conservation Innovation Grant Projects
$300,000 Available for Projects in Utah
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Pam Harvey (801) 524-4580 (Administrative Grant Help)
SALT LAKE CITY, March 9, 2012 – USDA’s Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) is providing up to $300,000 in Conservation
Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative
conservation approaches and technologies that have been studied sufficiently to
indicate a likelihood for success. Funds for each successful grant recipient may
not exceed $75,000 for a single project. Eligible government or non-government
organizations or individuals must submit proposals to the NRCS state office by
April 10, 2012.
“This presents a great opportunity to share skills, knowledge, technologies,
and facilities among communities, governments and other institutions to ensure
that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range
of users,” said David Brown, state conservationist for NRCS in Utah. “With fewer
federal dollars available for conservation, it’s important we leverage these
funds in the most efficient way with other conservation leaders in the state,”
NRCS requests CIG proposals for projects that address market-based approaches
to conservation in the following areas:
- Nutrient management
- Energy conservation
- Soil health
- Productivity and environmental health of pastureland or rangeland
- Ecosystems markets
- Promotion of sustainable agriculture
- Air quality and atmospheric resource
- Sustainable and organic agriculture
CIG funds will be awarded through a competitive grants process. At least 50
percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from non-Federal matching
funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient.
Projects must involve producers who are eligible for the NRCS
Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
To apply electronically, visit Grants.gov
or contact a local NRCS office. View the complete Announcement of Program
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