CIG grant funds available
Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced the request for proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The CIG program is designed to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. “CIG rewards the creation of new and innovative approaches to managing the nation’s natural resources more effectively and efficiently,” said Johanns. “It allows applicants to come up with practical solutions to address conservation and resource management on a local, regional or national scale.”
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers CIG. For fiscal year 2007, up to $20 million is available for the National CIG competition. Funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process with applications accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area, and the Pacific Basin Area from all eligible government or non-government organizations or individuals, including federally recognized tribes.
There are two CIG categories available for this area in FY 2007:
– Natural Resource Concerns Category ” up to $10 million available for proposals addressing one or more of the CIG natural resource concerns.
– Technology Category ” up to $5 million available for proposals addressing one or more of the CIG technology categories.
Applicants should explain how large a geographic area the project would benefit. Applications should describe the use of innovative technologies or approaches, or both, to address a natural resource conservation concern or concerns. CIG will fund projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. Technologies and approaches that are commonly used in the geographic area covered by the application, and which are eligible for funding through EQIP, are not eligible for funding through CIG.
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. The federal contribution for a single project cannot exceed $1 million. 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.
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