Mike Sullivan, Arkansas state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced the winning proposals funded for 2019 for Arkansas Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).
“Conservation Innovation Grants invest in innovative, on-the-ground conservation technologies and approaches, with the eventual goal of wide-scale NRCS adoption to address water quality and quantity, air quality, energy conservation, and environmental markets, among other natural resource issues,” Sullivan said. We are excited to announce the approval of three Conservation Innovation Grants.
The Entities receiving the state-level grants are:
Arkansas Association of Conservation Districts;
Arkansas Soil Health Alliance (ASHA) Organization Expansion
East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Inc.;
The development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches in the implementation of cover crops in conjunction with alternative vegetable production.
Beaver Watershed Alliance;
Using Seasonal High Tunnels to grow native plant materials as a high value crop in Beaver Lake Watershed.
NRCS administers CIGs as part of the agency's Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Grants are awarded to state and local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
Grant awardees must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50 percent of the project cost. Of the non-federal matching funds, a minimum of 25 percent must be from cash contributions, the remaining 25 percent may come from in-kind contributions.