Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.
Conservation Innovation Grants in 2010
The State CIG component is now available in Missouri. Visit Grants.gov for the Fiscal Year 2010 Announcement of Program Funding, Announcement Number: USDA-NRCS-MO-10-01. Proposals must be received in the NRCS Missouri State Office by 4p.m., Central Time (CT) on Thursday, June 17, 2010.
Send applications to:
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Columbia, MO 65203
The maximum amount per grant is $50,000.
Projects must be implemented in Missouri.
State or local units of government, non-governmental organizations, federally recognized tribes, and individuals may submit proposals.
Grants may be single year or multiple year, not to exceed 3 years.
Grants may provide up to 50 percent of the project cost.
Projects must involve landowners who meet the eligibility requirements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).
In fiscal year 2010, CIG has two competitions available: National and State. The National competition is now closed.
CIG funds pilot projects and conservation field trials that can last from one to three years. Grants for approved projects cannot exceed 50 percent of the total project cost. At least 50 percent of the total cost of the project must come from non-Federal matching funds (cash and in-kind contributions) provided by the grantee. While NRCS will provide technical oversight for each project receiving an award, the grantee is responsible for providing the technical assistance required to successfully complete the project.
Who is Eligible?
Projects must involve landowners who meet the EQIP eligibility criteria.
Federally recognized Indian Tribes
State of Local Units of Government
What is the CIG Process?
1.CIG funding availability is announced through an announcement for program funding.
2.Applications are submitted to the State NRCS Office.
3.State Office forwards to Washington D.C. with review letter from State Conservationist.
4.Review panels are convened to score and rank proposals against evaluation criteria in the announcement.
5.A grant review board certifies the rankings and ensures consistency with program objectives.