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Conservation Innovation Grants Available

Contact: Grant Stumbough, resource conservationist, (307) 233-6760
Date: March 17, 2014

Wyoming Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). This opportunity helps fund innovative conservation approaches and technologies. The purpose of CIG is to bring NRCS, landowners, and other stakeholders together to stimulate the development and adoption of new conservation methods, practices, or activities that would benefit EnvironmentalQualityIncentivesProgram (EQIP) eligible producers. This is the third year Wyoming NRCS is offering a state-level component of the program.

Applications may be submitted by eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for one- to three-year-longprojects. The maximum grant amount under the state component is $75,000. CIG funds will be awarded through a competitive grants and technical peer review process. 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. Projects must involve producers who are eligible for the NRCS EQIP.

A two-phase evaluation and review process will be utilized in FY 2014 to prioritize applications.  The first phase requires the applicant to submit a pre-proposal application. Pre-proposal applications will be screened for completeness and compliance with CIG provisions. The second phase requires those applicants selected in the pre-proposal to submit a full proposal package later this summer.

The announcement title, USDA-NRCS-WY, will soon be posted on Grants.gov and identifies the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects, and provides complete instructions to apply to CIG.Pre-proposals are due by May 1, 2014. 

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