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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

NATIONAL COMPETITION: On Monday, December 17, 2007, the national 2008 Conservation Innovation Grants announcement for program fund was released. A link to more information on this opportunity can be found near the bottom of this page.

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.

Utah NRCS Offers $500,000 for Conservation Innovation Grants in 2008

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.

Contacts

Pedro Ramos
Phone: (801) 524-4552
Email: pedro.ramos@ut.usda.gov