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NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants in New Jersey

New Jersey NRCS requests applications for the state Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications from eligible individuals, non-federal government and non-government organizations for projects located in New Jersey between one and three years in duration will be considered for the statewide competitive grants process. Current state CIG program information is provided on this page.

Past awards can be reviewed on the CIG History Page.


2019 Conservation Innovation Grants

Announcement for Program Funding

Up to $150,000 will be available for the FY 2019 program in New Jersey. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2019.

For FY 2019, NRCS-NJ will consider proposals that demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and/or approaches to address at least one of four topics:

  1. Urban Agriculture
  2. Soil Health
  3. Forest Health
  4. Hydroponics

Proposals are due by July 14, 2019.  The grant application package identifies the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and associated instructions needed to apply to CIG.

The grant package is available on Grants.gov. Enter CFDA Number: 10.912 or Funding Opportunity # USDA-NRCS-NJ-CIG-19-GEN0010164 in the search bar on the top right of the screen.

Contact:  Christine Hall, State Resource Conservationist, 732-537-6051 or christine.hall@nj.usda.gov.


2018 - No State CIG Program this year

The national CIG Program was offered for FY2018, but the State CIG Program was not available for FY2018. It is anticipated that the State Program will be offered again in New Jersey in the next Fiscal Year.

FY2017 program information is available below for reference only.


2017 Conservation Innovation Grants

Announcement for Program Funding

Up to $202,050 will be available for the FY 2017 program in New Jersey. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2017.

For FY 2017, NRCS-NJ will consider pre-proposals that demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and/or approaches to address at least one of seven topics:

  1. Historically underserved producer or veteran farmers or ranchers.
  2. Data analytics for natural resources conservation.
  3. Pay-for-success models to stimulate conservation adoption.
  4. Precision conservation approaches.
  5. Projects that demonstrate the cost effectiveness of leveraged public and private impact investments in working lands conservation.
  6. Water management technologies and approaches to maximize agricultural production efficiency and minimize off-site impacts.
  7. Projects that develop, demonstrate and/or quantify the impacts of innovative conservation systems (and their component practices or approaches) in an agricultural setting that improve/protect ground and/or surface water quality, reduce soil erosion and/or address wildlife habitat concerns.

Additional topics, not listed in the grant announcement, may be considered at the State Conservationist's discretion, but must be identified as such in pre-proposal documents.

Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects located entirely within New Jersey between one and three years in duration.

Funds will be awarded through a two-phase competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process. The full proposal process will only be open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by NRCS.

Friday, February 24, 2017: Applications for the pre-proposal phase must be received at the NRCS-NJ State Office, 220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor, Somerset, NJ 08873 by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Friday, March 10, 2017: Notification of selected pre-proposal applications.

Friday, April 28, 2017: Selected applicants must submit a full proposal package to the NRCS-NJ State Office, 220 Davidson Avenue, 4th Floor, Somerset, NJ 08873 by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Application Materials

The grant application package materials identify the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and associated instructions needed to apply to CIG.

The grant package is available on Grants.gov Click on the “Apply for Grants” link on the left side of the page. Enter CFDA Number: 10.912 or Funding Opportunity #USDA-NRCS-NJ-CIG-17-01. The grant application package materials identify the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for projects and associated instructions needed to apply for CIG.

NRCS-NJ FY 2017 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Announcement

Search criteria for FY2017 NJ NRCS CIG Grant Package on Grants.gov

  • Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NJ-CIG-17-01
  • Opportunity Title: Conservation Innovation Grant (FY) 2017 Announcement for Program Funding
  • US Department: Department of Agriculture,
  • Agency: New Jersey State Office

The grant package is also available from links below:

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat.

About Form CPA-52 - Environmental Effects for Conservation Planning

Applicants must include a description of the potential environmental and social impacts, plus potential beneficial and adverse impacts of the proposed action. A description of the potential impacts to all environmental resources must be disclosed. Environmental resources include soil, water, air, plants, and animals, as well as other specific resources protected by law, Executive Order, and Agency policy. These resources are outlined in the NRCS Environmental Evaluation Worksheet, form CPA-52. This form is available for download on the national NRCS website page, Environmental Compliance at NRCS.

The CPA-52 form can be used as a guide for the scope of environmental information that should be prepared for this section of the application. In addition to describing impacts, applicants are required to assess the significance or degree of potential environmental impact of the proposed project on environmental resources.

Applicants may consult with the New Jersey NRCS Environmental Liaison, Elizabeth (Betsy) McShane, Biologist at (609) 823-3136 concerning the scope of what should be addressed in this section of the application.

Note: Please be aware that applications for projects with potentially adverse impacts may need to be modified in order to achieve acceptable and beneficial levels of environmental impact. If projects cannot be modified, then there is a potential during the screening process that the application may not be selected.

Contact:  Christine Hall, State Resource Conservationist, 732-537-6051 or christine.hall@nj.usda.gov.

 

Visit the National CIG webpage for more on the national competition.

 

updated April 5, 2018