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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

The deadline for New Mexico CIG applications for fiscal year 2020 is MAY 23, 2020.

The deadline for National On-Farm Trials CIG is MAY 11 , 2020.

New Mexico NRCS is requesting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted for projects located in New Mexico only. Eligible applicants are individuals, non-federal government and non-government organizations for projects between one and three years in duration. New Mexico will fund up to $75,000 for fiscal year 2020. The funding floor for a single award is $5,000 and the funding ceiling for a single award is $75,000.

Please read the New Mexico Notice of Funding for information on how to apply for the state CIG. Applications must address at least one of the state priorities listed in the NOF.

The New Mexico State CIG notice of program funding will be posted on “Grants.gov” and proposals must be submitted through Grants.gov Workspace. Search for NM CIG or CDFA 10.912. Please follow the example of the attached budget narrative and detail table. Do not use lines in the table. Submit a signed de minimis agreement if a de minimis rate is being requested.

The National On-Farm CIG notice of program funding is posted at “Grants.gov:

Overview of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) offered at the state and national levels

  •  Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov for the programs listed below.
  •  For all programs applicants must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting its application; provide a valid unique entity identifier (Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number) in its application; and continue to maintain an active SAM registration.

Eligible Applicants:

 

CIG- New Mexico

CIG-National

CIG-On Farm Trials

 State

YES

YES

YES

 Tribe

YES

YES

YES

 County, city and all other government units

YES

YES

YES

 College or university

YES

YES

YES

 Nonprofit

YES

YES

YES- only those with experience working with agricultural producers

 For profit entity

YES

YES

YES- only those whose primary business is related to agriculture

 Individuals

YES

YES

NO

Program requirements for 2020:

 

CIG- New Mexico

CIG-National

CIG-On Farm Trials

 Cost share

YES- same amount as Federal contribution

YES- same amount as Federal contribution

YES- 25% of Federal contribution

 Cash match

Not required

Not required

Not required

 Allows payments to agricultural producers or landowners

YES- optional, must be to EQIP eligible producers

YES- optional, must be to EQIP eligible producers

YES- optional, must be to EQIP eligible producers

 Must involve at least one EQIP – eligible agricultural producer

YES

YES

YES

 Indirect costs can be charged

YES- either based on NICRA or approved de minimis rate agreement

YES- either based on NICRA or approved de minimis rate agreement

YES- either based on NICRA or approved de minimis rate agreement

 Minimum amount of award

$5,000- decided at the state level

TBD- usually $150,000

$250,000

 Maximum amount of award

$75,000- decided at the state level.

TBD- usually $1,000,000 or $2,000,000

$5,000,000

 Technical assistance

No maximum

No maximum

No maximum

 Priority to projects that include historically underserved and Veteran farmers and ranchers

YES

YES

YES

 Project Duration

1-3 years

1-3 years

1-3 years

 

Past New Mexico CIG Projects 

 Grantee/Summary

  • New Mexico State University / Strategies for soil and water conservation and sustainable forage corn production system: cutting height, row spacing and forage quality considerations
  • Remote Well Solutions / Propane generator/automated monitoring technology demonstration
  • Elephant Butte Irrigation District / Low head hydro-electric power generation on irrigation canals demonstration
  • McKinley and Lea SWCD's / No-till drill demonstrations
  • Jornada RC&D / Stream Barb demonstration on Palomas Creek, a dry arroyo
  • Rio Grande Community Farms / Drip irrigation and organic farming demonstration
  • NMSU Clovis Experiment Station / No-till/minimum tillage demonstration
  • Jarrett Dairies / Combined anaerobic digestion and wetland treatment of dairy waste
  • Canada Alamosa / Constructed Log Jams
  • NMSU / Adapting Planting and Harvesting Methods for Corn Silage to Increase Field Residue

 Program Contact:

Athena Cholas
Resource Conservationist
(505) 761-4419
athena.cholas@usda.gov

Kenneth Branch
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
(505) 761-4454
kenneth.branch@usda.gov