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NRCS seeks proposals for grants to improve conservation in Maine

Fiscal Year 2018 grant program addresses natural resource concerns in Forestry, Aquatic Organism Conservation, Soil Health and Pollinator Conservation

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BANGOR, Maine (Feb. 13, 2018) – Do you have an idea that could improve conservation in Maine?

The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the local development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in Fiscal Year 2018 will be up to $250,000 in Maine.

Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, or individuals, for competitive consideration of grant awards. Projects will be between one and three years in duration.

“Since 2012 we have funded more than $737,000 in CIG projects here in Maine,” NRCS-Maine Acting State Conservationist Dan Schmidt said. “This year we are again seeking innovative projects and ideas that will positively influence conservation on private agricultural and forest lands in Maine. For Fiscal Year 2018, NRCS will consider offering CIGs in the following areas: Forestry, Aquatic Organism Conservation, Soil Health, and Pollinator Conservation.”

CIG will fund single and multi-year projects, with an anticipated project start date of Sept. 30, 2018.  Funds will be awarded through a competitive grants process, and the maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in this fiscal year. Selected applicants may receive CIG grants of up to 50 percent of their total project cost, and recipients must provide non-Federal funding equal to the amount of Federal funds requested. Non-Federal funds must be derived from cash and/or in-kind sources.

Proposals must be sent electronically through  In addition proposals must be emailed to in PDF format.  Proposals must be received by NRCS before 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on April 16, 2018.

For additional information visit the NRCS-Maine website or contact State CIG Program Manager Tony Jenkins at (207) 990-9557.





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