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NRCS Accepts Applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

NRCS Accepts Applications for Conservation Innovation Grants

COLCHESTER, VERMONT – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Vermont will provide up to $196,000 in grants to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to improve conservation on private lands.

Conservation Innovation Grants are available for state and local governments, federally recognized Indian Tribes, non-governmental and educational organizations, private businesses and individuals. All applications are due Friday, June 7, 2013. 

The three categories of natural resources concerns or technology needs in the Vermont Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program in 2013 are water quality, forestry/wildlife and energy. The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and are awarded through a competitive process.

“These grants are critical for developing and demonstrating out-of-the-box ideas for conservation on America’s private lands and strengthening rural communities,” NRCS State Conservationist Vicky M. Drew said. “They inspire creative problem-solving that boosts the production of our farms and ultimately improves our water and soil.”

NRCS has offered this grant program since 2004, investing in ways to demonstrate and transfer efficient and environmentally-friendly farming practices. In the past eight years, the grants have helped develop trading markets for water quality and have shown precise ways to farm that use fertilizer, water and energy more efficiently.

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.

For more on this grant opportunity, visit

To apply electronically, visit http://www.grants.govor contact a local NRCS office.


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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.


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