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Approximately $128,000 Anticipated for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)-May 11 Deadline

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WARWICK, RI (March 19, 2018) -- The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service of Rhode Island (USDA NRCS) is accepting applications for proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.  Grant funding for FY 2018 is expected to be up to $128,000 which will be awarded through a competitive grants process.  The maximum awarded amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2018.

Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process.  The proposals will be accepted for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by entities from Rhode Island.

For FY 2018, Rhode Island NRCS will consider proposals that demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and/or approaches to address one of the five Rhode Island CIG categories: Soil Health; Aquatic Resources and Wildlife; Plant Materials; Nutrient Management; and Urban Farming.  Applications are requested from eligible Indian Tribes, Rhode Island and local units of government, non-government organizations, or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration.  Applications will only be considered for projects in Rhode Island.

Applications for the proposals must be submitted electronically through and submitted as a complete application in PDF format by email to by 5:00 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit completed proposals early to ensure timely receipt by NRCS.

Application proposals must be sent electronically through and emailed to in PDF format.  Visit and under the Search -Funding Opportunity Number, input USDA-NRCS-RI-CIG-18-001 for additional information and the application.  If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Joseph Bachand, State Conservation Innovation Grants Program Manager,
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40, Warwick, RI 02886-0181, (401) 822-8818,