USDA calls for conservation grant proposals

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, or NRCS is seeking proposals for grants for improvements on water quality, air quality and to promote energy conservation. The Conservation Innovation Grants, or CIG, program will make $25 million in grants available to address natural resource concerns. A statewide grant will also be made available next year.

In a press release, Alaska State Conservationist Robert Jones stated, "NRCS is seeking grant applications from farmers, ranchers, tribes, and individual conservation partners to solve Alaska's and the Nation's natural resource challenges."

The CIG program offers funding for the adoption of technologies that address agricultural issues. Grant applicants should demonstrate their projects use innovative, on-the-ground conservation approaches and technologies. Proposed projects must comply with the description of innovative conservation projects or activities established in the announcement for program funding.

Funds will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process with applications accepted from all eligible individuals, non-federal governments and non-governmental organizations. This includes federally recognized tribes and private businesses.

Grants are available for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed 3 years.

A template for the pre-proposal is provided at www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/cig.

Pre-proposal applications must be received at the NRCS national headquarters by close of business on Dec. 28. Pre-proposals and applications can be submitted at NRCSFY2011CIG@wdc.usda.gov, on www.grants.gov or mailed to National CIG Program Manager, 1400, Independence Avenue SW, Room 6227-S, Washington, D.C., 20250.



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