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Funds Available for Innovative Conservation Projects in Connecticut

Thomas L. Morgart, State Conservationist for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Connecticut, has announced the availability of funds for competitive grants through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program. The program aims to spark the development and adoption of cutting-edge conservation technologies and approaches for farmers and other landowners.

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 (EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to non-federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

CIG enables NRCS to work with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the state’s most pressing natural resource concerns. Projects may include on-farm pilot projects and field demonstrations and are funded to accelerate the transfer and adoption of promising technologies to landowners to address critical natural resource concerns.

“The Conservation Innovation Grant Program has an impressive track record of fostering innovative conservation tools and strategies,” said Morgart. “Successes in the program may lead to review of current techniques or adoption of new methods to help resolve pressing water quality and conservation challenges and leverage new investments in conservation partnerships with farmers and other stakeholders.”

CIG awards are made through a competitive process. Projects may be single or multi-year but may not exceed three years. Projects must involve EQIP-eligible agricultural producers or landowners, and at least 50% of the total cost must come from non-federal matching funds, including in-kind contributions.

To apply, follow the instructions on the Summary Information. Applications must be received by 4:00 PM Eastern Time on June 14, 2019.