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FY 2012 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

FY 2012 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
 

The 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 (EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals. CIG enables the Natural Resources Conservation Service (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. The NRCS administers CIG.

There are two separate opportunities to apply for CIG grants:

National CIG

Competitive grants up to $1 million to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies on agricultural lands. Who should apply: State and local unites of government, producer associations, farmer cooperatives, institutions of higher education, and nongovernmental organizations.

2012 National CIG grant program - In fiscal year 2012, NRCS offered two CIG funding opportunities. The first one focused in the following areas: Nutrient Management, Energy Conservation, Soil Health, Wildlife, and CIG Projects Assessment. The deadline to submit pre-proposal applications was January 31, 2012. The second one focused on: Market analysis of supply and demand for water quality credits, Market Rules, and Infrastructure. The deadline to submit full proposal applications was March 2, 2012. Both application periods are now closed


State CIG

Competitive grants up to $75,000 to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies on agricultural lands in Utah. Who should apply: Federally recognized American Indian Tribes, state and local units of government, non-governmental organizations and individuals.

2012 Utah CIG – In fiscal year 2012, NRCS Utah will offer a State CIG funding opportunity, This will focus on the following areas; Nutrient Management, Energy Conservation, Soil Health, Wildlife, CIG Projects Assessment, Productivity and Environmental Health of Pastureland or Rangeland, Ecosystems Markets, Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture, Air Quality and Atmospheric Resource, Sustainable and Organic Agriculture. Applications are due April 10, 2012.


 

Contact

Elise Boeke, State Resource Conservationist
Phone:  801-524-4562
Email:  Elise Boeke