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Conservation Innovation Grants Fiscal Year (FY)

Grants to Virginia Agencies, Individuals, Nonprofits,
and For-Profits for Conservation Projects on Farmlands

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Virginia State Office

Deadline Date:

06/18/21 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Virginia agencies, for-profits, individuals, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations for creative solutions to promote conservation on agricultural lands. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Specific focus will be made on projects addressing soil health.

The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into government technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific applied conservation question using a statistically valid design while employing farm-scale equipment on farms, ranches or private forest lands.

CIG funds the development and field testing, on-farm research and demonstration, evaluation, or implementation of:

  • Approaches to incentivizing conservation adoption, including market-based and conservation finance approaches; and
  • Conservation technologies, practices, and systems.

Projects or activities under CIG must comply with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws and regulations throughout the duration of the project; and

  • Use a technology or approach that was studied sufficiently to indicate a high probability for success;
  • Demonstrate, evaluate, and verify the effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability of natural resource conservation technologies and approaches in the field;
  • Adapt and transfer conservation technologies, management, practices, systems, approaches, and incentive systems to improve performance and encourage adoption;
  • Introduce proven conservation technologies and approaches to a geographic area or agricultural sector where that technology or approach is not currently in use.

For FY 2021, NRCS Virginia will only consider proposals that involve innovation in research, demonstration, outreach, education, or technical/financial assistance strategies leading to greater implementation of one or more soil health management principles (keep soil covered, minimize soil disturbance, maximize living roots, energize with diversity). Preferred projects will focus on one or both of the following (a) assessment of soil health / dynamic soil properties in an agronomic context or (b) integrated conservation agronomy – systems-level integration of soil health with one or more other conservation-related agronomy disciplines such as nutrient management.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171095

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$300,000

Number of Grants:

8

Estimated Size of Grant:

The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $50,000, and the estimated funding ceiling is $300,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of September 15, 2021.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants and applications must meet eligibility criteria by the application deadline to be considered for award. Eligible applicant type is determined by the implementing program statute. Applicant entities identified in the SAM.gov exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted, or excluded from receiving Federal contracts and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program (2 CFR 200.206(d)).

All U.S.-based non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals, with the exception of Federal agencies, are eligible to apply for projects carried out in Virginia. The following entity types are eligible: All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies.

Any award made pursuant to this NFO will be made to a single entity. Applicants that apply as “partnerships” or other similar groupings must clearly describe the relationship between the applicant and the “partner” parties. In all but exceptional cases, it must be reflected in the award as an awardee/subawardee relationship.

All CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers that meet EQIP’s eligibility requirements listed in 7 CFR § 1466.6(b)(1) through (3):
- Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions (7 CFR Part 12).
- Be a person, legal entity, joint operation, Indian tribe, or native corporation who is engaged in agricultural production or forestry management or has an interest in the agricultural or forestry operation as defined in 7 CFR Part 1400.
- Have control of the land involved for the term of the proposed contract period.

For a list of funding restrictions, see page 20 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) may be submitted until May 31, 2021.

Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on June 18, 2021.

The agency anticipates making selections by July 16, 2021 and expects to execute awards by September 15, 2021.

Although creating a Grants.gov account online can take only minutes, DUNS and SAM registrations may take several weeks. Therefore, organizations should begin the process early to ensure they have sufficient time to complete registration and meet required application submission deadlines.

An applicant organization may submit more than one application.

This NFO requires applicants to share at least 50% of total project costs.

The funding available through this NFO is Federal financial assistance. Grants 101 Training is highly recommended for those seeking knowledge about Federal financial assistance. The training is free and available to the public via https://www.cfo.gov/grants-training/.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=332980

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Virginia CIG Program Manager:

Debbie Bullock
Phone: 804-287-1678
Email: Debbie.Bullock@usda.gov

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the following individual with the NFO number in the subject line:

Administrative Contact (Primary Contact)
Georgia Welton
Grants Management Specialist
FPAC Business Center
Phone: 817-509-3520
Email: georgia.welton@usda.gov with a copy to FPAC.BC.GAD@USDA.GOV

For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

CFDA Number:

USDA-NRCS-VA-CIG-21-NOFO0001089

Funding or Pin Number:

10.912

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Virginia

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