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Apply Now for USDA Conservation Innovation Grants


United States Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
1221 College Park Drive, Suite 100
Dover, Delaware 19904
For More Information:

Paul Petrichenko, 302-678-4191
Dastina Wallace, 302-678-4179

Applications due by March 22, 2013


DOVER, Del., Feb. 26, 2013 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide up to $25 million in grants to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to improve conservation on private lands.


Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are available for state and local governments, federally recognized Indian Tribes, non-governmental and educational organizations, private businesses and individuals.  All grant applications are due Friday, March 22.  


NRCS is particularly interested in applications for innovative demonstrations and technologies on energy conservation, nutrient management, soil health, wildlife habitat and adaptive management.


“These grants are critical for developing and demonstrating out-of-the-box ideas for conservation on America’s private lands and strengthening rural communities,” NRCS Acting Chief Jason Weller said.


“CIGs can evolve into problem-solving resources that sustains the production of our farming operations here in Delaware while ultimately improving the soil, water, air, and other natural resources that benefit us all,” said Russell Morgan, Delaware State Conservationist. 


NRCS has offered this grant program since 2004, investing in ways to demonstrate and transfer efficient and environmentally friendly farming and ranching. In the past eight years, the grants have helped develop trading markets for water quality and have shown precise ways to farm that use fertilizer, water and energy more efficiently.


The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and are awarded through a competitive process.


At least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from non-federal matching funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient. 


For more on this grant opportunity, visit To apply electronically, visit or contact Paul Petrichenko, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs at 302-678-4180 or



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