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NRCS Now Seeking Proposals for Next "Crop" of Virginia Conservation Innovation Grants

Blaine Delaney

Richmond, VA, March 6, 2017 – USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for up to $450,000 in funding to promote the development and adoption of innovative approaches to cropping systems and grazing management in Virginia. 

Grants will be awarded for projects between one and three years’ duration with individual awards not exceeding $75,000. State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals interested in applying for these competitive grants must submit proposals by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) May 5, 2017. Those selected will be notified by June 1, 2017.

This year, NRCS is seeking proposals focused on soil health, nutrient management, containerized production of longleaf pine seedlings, management of large animal mortalities, legacy sediments and conversion of loblolly stands to longleaf pine stands. CIG does not fund research projects but makes an exception for on-farm conservation research as defined in the funding announcement. Projects must involve landowners who meet eligibility requirements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 

“CIGs explore on-the-ground conservation pilots and field demonstrations that can offer new opportunities for technology transfer to communities, governments and other institutions,” says NRCS State Conservationist Jack Bricker. “We have funded 24 state projects since 2010, and look forward to working with our partners on the next crop of CIGs to offer Virginia farmers more options for sustainable production methods.”

Applications must be emailed in PDF format to Blaine Delaney, Virginia CIG Program Manager, at  Packages may also be submitted electronically on

The Virginia CIG Announcement of Program Funding can be found on the Virginia CIG web page.  More information on EQIP is available on the Virginia NRCS website.