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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Kentucky Announces Conservation Innovation Grants Application Period

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:  Christy Morgan, 859-224-7363

Lexington,KY, (March 11, 2015) --- State Conservationist Karen Woodrich, with USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kentucky, announced that NRCS is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development, adoption, and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches and technologies related to water quality, soil health, and forage quality and quantity. Applications are due May 22, 2015. 

NRCS has offered this grant program since 2004, investing in ways to demonstrate and transfer efficient and environmentally friendly farming and ranching. “These grants are critical in sparking new ideas and techniques for conservation on America’s private lands and strengthening rural communities,” said Woodrich.

Funding for the CIG is provided through the 2014 Farm Bill, which authorizes services and programs that impact every American and millions of people around the world. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in fiscal year 2015 will be up to $225,000. CIG will fund single and multi-year projects, not to exceed 3 years (anticipated project start date of September 1, 2015). Funds will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2015.

The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and are awarded through a competitive process. Recipients of USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants will demonstrate innovative approaches to improve soil health, air and water quality, conserve energy, and enhance wildlife habitat in balance with productive agricultural systems. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers this competitive grants program.

Applications must be received in the Kentucky NRCS State Office by 4:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) May 22, 2015. The address for mailed or hand-delivered applications is: USDA-NRCS, attention: Tibor Horvath, Kentucky CIG Program Manager, 771 Corporate Drive, Suite 210, Lexington, KY 40503. You may also apply electronically to tibor.horvath@ky.usda.gov or by visiting www.grants.gov. 

A full announcement of the KY CIG State Component is available on-line at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/ky/programs/financial/cig/. 

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