Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.
CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. NRCS administers CIG.
2013 State-level CIG Proposals (Application Deadline was April 30, 2013)
Approximately $250,000 is available through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies within Arkansas.
State, tribal, and local governmental entities; non-governmental organizations; and individuals may apply. Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern. Project results are expected to improve and create the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) into NRCS technical manuals or guides or to the private sector.
CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology. It does not fund research projects. CIG is an effort to address some of the state's most pressing natural resource conservation needs. CIG is a component of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
For FY 2013, Arkansas NRCS will consider offering CIG in the following areas: Nutrient Management, Integrated Pest Management, Conservation Technology Transfer, Energy Conservation, High Tunnels, Organic, Water Quality, and Drought. Applications should be for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed 3 years.
Selected applicants may receive grants up to 50 percent of the total project cost. Individual grant awards may not exceed $75,000 in FY 2013. Applicants 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 contribution. Projects may be single or multi-year, not to exceed three years.
Funds will be awarded through a full proposal statewide competitive grants process. Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov by 5 p.m. (CDT) April 30, 2013. In addition, one original and three copies must be received in the Arkansas NRCS state office.
Applicants may send or hand-deliver hard copies to USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service; Conservation Innovations Grants Program; Attn: Holly Anderson; Room 3416 Federal Building; 700 West Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201. Copies must be received by 5 p.m. (CDT) April 30, 2013.