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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. CIG seeks to spark the development and adoption of cutting-edge conservation technologies and approaches for farmers and other landowners.

“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.”

The program 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. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into government technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.

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.

Applicants must submit applications via Grants.gov (search for Opportunity Number USDA-NRCS-CT-CIG-21-NOFO0001068). Applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on April 2, 2021An application submitted or resubmitted after the deadline is considered late and will not be reviewed or considered. 

For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.govAwarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity may be submitted until March 5, 2021. Responses to questions posed will be posted on Grants.gov approximately two weeks before the application due date. To learn more, visit the Connecticut NRCS CIG webpage or contact State Resource Conservationist Nancy Ferlow at (860) 871-4049.