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USDA Grants Available to Spur Innovation Technologies in New Jersey

Christine Hall, State Resource Conservationist

SOMERSET, NJ, May 16, 2019 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces up to $150,000 of funding available in New Jersey for eligible individuals, local and state governments, non-governmental organizations and tribes through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The grant announcement is available on, Search Grants, Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NJ-CIG-19-GEN0010164.

The deadline to submit an application for CIG is July 14, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST.

“Conservation Innovation Grants are critical for developing science, technology and innovative tools to address natural resource concerns on New Jersey’s private working lands,” said State Conservationist Carrie Lindig. “These grants help bridge the gap between initial product development and taking that product or approach to market. The overall goal is to incorporate new innovations into NRCS technical manuals and make them available to the agricultural community.”

About the Program

In conjunction with agricultural production, these grants are intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection. Projects must be within New Jersey and may be area-based or statewide in scope.

Applicants submitting proposals may request up to $75,000 of matching federal funds. Applicants must provide at least a 50 percent non-federal match that can be cash, in-kind or a combination of both.

The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following sub-categories: Urban Agriculture, Soil Health, Forest Health and Hydroponics.

CIG in New Jersey

The Conservation Innovation Grants at the state level build on our national program and enable NRCS to better address natural resource concerns at the local level. This has allowed for great innovation in New Jersey, where NRCS has invested nearly $2,000,000 in CIG projects. For example, in previous years we have funded projects that 1) developed phone apps to identify, control and report emerging invasive species sightings, 2) explored different methods to establish cover crop for soil health improvements, 3) developed resources for nonprofits managing publics lands to implement conservation practices through NRCS programs.

More Information

To learn more about Conservation Innovations Grants, visit the CIG webpage.