UTAH COMPETITION: Utah is offering a state component of the Conservation
Innovation Grant. $500,000 in funds is being offered for grants up to
$75,000. The official announcement will be posted February 22, 2008. The
deadline for submitting applications to the NRCS Utah State Office is
April 4, 2008.
NRCS Offers $500,000 for Conservation Innovation Grants in
The Conservation Innovation Grant program (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 (EQIP) 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 can benefit agricultural
producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and
compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. The Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers CIG. The CIG requires
a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant. The CIG has two
funding components - national and state.
The CIG National
Component offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for
grants of up to $1 million. NRCS is making available up to $20
million in this nationwide competition.
The CIG State Component
offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for grants up to
$75,000. This competition is limited to applications for projects
within Utah. The Utah NRCS office is making available up to $500,000
for CIG projects.