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NRCS Soliciting Proposals for 2012 State Conservation Innovation Grants

Wade Biddix
(804) 287-1675


Richmond, February 16, 2012 – USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced that approximately $150,000 is available for development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies within the State of Virginia. 

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) will be awarded for projects between one and three years’ duration with individual awards not exceeding $75,000. Entities and individuals, including state and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations, who are interested in applying for these competitive grants must submit pre-proposals by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), March 30, 2012. Those who are selected will be notified by April 20, 2012, and, if requested, required to submit a full application to the NRCS State Office by 4 p.m. on June 1, 2012.

In 2012, NRCS will offer CIG funding for projects within the state that focus on the following categories: nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, forestry, wildlife, and water quality. CIG does not fund research projects or those intended to formulate hypotheses. Projects must involve landowners who meet eligibility requirements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

"CIG is a vehicle to stimulate  development and adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate future success and are likely candidates for technology transfer  to communities, governments and other institutions,” says NRCS State Conservationist Jack Bricker. “CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.”

Applications may be hand delivered or forwarded via express mail or overnight courier to:  USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grants Program, Virginia State Office, 1606 Santa Rosa Road, Culpeper Building, Suite 209, Richmond, VA 23229-5014. Packages may also be submitted electronically by visiting and clicking on the “Apply for Grants” link. 

For more information about the EQIP eligibility requirements, please visit Information about the CIG Announcement of Program Funding can be found at and on the CIG Web page at