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USDA Seeks Proposals for Innovative Approaches to Conservation on Agricultural Lands

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Conservation Innovation Grants

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is seeking proposals through June 1, 2022 for Conservation Innovation Grants. The Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program features collaboration between NRCS and partner...

(Updated: 5/4/22) DAVIS, Calif., May 4, 2022 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California is seeking proposals through June 1, 2022 for Conservation Innovation Grants. The Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program features collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement on-the-ground conservation activities and then evaluate their impact. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production.

“USDA is a leader in using the latest science, research and conservation tools to reduce the impacts of climate change,” said Carlos Suarez, NRCS State Conservationist in California. “We’re doing our part in helping America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the natural resources we all depend on, like clean air and water, while supporting the health and resiliency of their operations for the future. Conservation Innovations Grants are an important tool in the development of new and innovative technologies and systems to support agriculture and conservation.”

FY 2022 Application Period is Open for New Applications
California CIG application packages are due via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on June 1, 2022. The agency anticipates making selections by June 30, 2022, and expects to execute awards by August 19, 2022.  For fiscal year 2022, a “USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants Competition for California” presentation will be available April 27, 2022. A total of up to $400,000 is available for the California CIG competition in FY 2022. Projects may be between one and three years in duration, with the maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2022 to be $150,000.

This program harnesses the expertise, resources and capacity of partner organizations to help NRCS boost natural resource conservation on private lands and support climate smart agriculture.

A critical element of each project is the project evaluation. Partners must propose robust scientific approaches for their projects, resulting in data and analyses of the environmental, financial and, to the extent possible, social impacts.

How to Apply
To apply, follow the requirements in the California CIG Announcement:

  • Applications MUST be submitted electronically through Grants.gov.
  • Submissions must be received by the submission due date of June 1, 2022, by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • See section D of the CIG Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information regarding how to submit an application.
  • Required documents and instructions are available on Grants.gov.     

More information can be found on the California NRCS CIG website.

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