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Conservation Innovation Grant applications open until April 13Conservation Innovation Grant applications open until April 13

NRCS will award up to $50,000 in matching funds per project. A total of $200,000 is available.

March 5, 2018

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GRANTS AVAILABLE: The cutoff date to apply for a Conservation Innovation Grant from USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is April 13.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has set the cutoff date for submitting applications for the Conservation Innovation Grant program for April 13.

For 2018, NRCS has expanded the conservation priority categories, allowing applicants more choices to target their application. And a portion of this year’s funding is targeted for historically underserved producers.

The 2018 grant carves out 25% of the funding for applications from underserved producers, veteran farmers and ranchers, or community-based organizations representing these groups. Click here for more information on historically underserved producer criteria.

CIG is a program to spur the development and adoption of innovative conservation practices and technologies. In general, CIG funds pilot projects, field demonstrations and on-farm conservation projects that gather statistical data on conservation practices that can be done using typical farm equipment.

There are six priority categories for 2018:

1. Data Analytics for Natural Resources Conservation

2. Precision Conservation Approaches

3. Grazing Lands (Invasive Species)

4. Soil Quality/Soil Health

5. Water Quality and Quantity

6. Wildlife (Pollinator Conservation).

Eligible applicants are nongovernmental entities, state and local government units, individuals, and Native American tribes.

NRCS will award up to $50,000 in matching funds per project. A total of $200,000 is available for fiscal year 2018. The project’s matching contribution can be in-kind matching rather than a dollar-for-dollar match. As an example, the dollar equivalent salary the applicant is contributing to the project can be used as part of the matching portion of the grant.

Applications must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. CST April 13 on grants.govThe application process is available online and more information about CIG can be found on the Kansas NRCS web site.

Source: Natural Resources Conservation Service

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