LITTLE ROCK, AR, October 13, 2020 – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Little Rock has announced the winning proposals funded for 2020 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,” Mike Sullivan, Arkansas NRCS state conservationist said. “We are excited to announce the approval of two Conservation Innovation Grants.”
The Entities receiving the state-level grants are:
Enviroscapes Ecological Consultanting, LLC; A Holistic, cost effective approach for reinvigorating practice 360 (Waste Facility Closure) for poultry houses in Northwest Arkansas.
White River Regional Water Distribution District; Improving Irrigation scheduling with innovative wireless sensors and envaptranspiration network.
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.