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Conservation Innovation Grants-State Proposals Due June 6

Contact:
Amy Overstreet
802-951-6796


2019 Call for Proposals

 

VT STATE LEVEL COMPETITION (for innovative approaches and technology): June 6 Deadline for Proposals

FOR THE STATE LEVEL CIG: Applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of Vermont. A total of up to $500,000 is available for the Vermont CIG competition in FY 2020. Non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The minimum award amount for a single award is $10,000; the maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2020 is $250,000. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production.

For FY 2020, NRCS accepts proposals that address one or more of the State priorities listed below.

1. Water Quality Priority-The objective of this priority is to implement new technologies, methods or market- based approaches to maintain, restore, or enhance water quality resources associated with agricultural and/or forest land uses while sustaining productivity.

2. Soil Health Priority-The objective of this priority is to implement new technologies, methods or market-based approaches to maintain, restore, or enhance soil resources associated with agricultural and/or forest land uses while sustaining productivity.

3. Forestry and Wildlife Habitat-The objective of this priority is to implement new technologies, methods or market-based approaches for environmentally sound wildlife habitat and/or livestock management while sustaining agricultural and/or forest productivity.

There is no pre-proposal process for this announcement. All standard forms necessary for CIG application submission are included in the grants.gov application package. Details can be found here: USDA-NRCS-VT-CIG-20-GEN0010796. NOTE: NRCS is not responsible for any technical issues or website delays related to grants.gov. If you encounter any issues, please contact support@grants.gov or call 800-518-4726. The applicant assumes the risk of any delays in application submission through grants.gov, and applicants are encouraged to submit early to ensure timely receipt.

Applications must be submitted via grants.gov by 11:59 p.m., EST on June 6, 2020 AND by emailing a copy of the full application in PDF format to joe.buford@usda.gov AND sandra.primard@usda.gov.

Questions go to Joe D. Buford, VT NRCS State Resource Conservationist, (802) 951-6796, ext. 244, joe.buford@usda.gov.