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Idaho Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

Grants to Idaho Individuals, Non-Federal Agencies, IHEs, and
Organizations for Conservation Projects on Agricultural Lands

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Idaho

Deadline Date:

05/03/21 5:00 PM MT

Description:

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Grants of up to $75,000 to Idaho non-Federal agencies, organizations, IHEs, and individuals to promote the development and implementation of innovative conservation strategies and technologies on agricultural lands. Required registrations may take several days to complete.

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 NRCS 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. 

Innovative Conservation Projects or Activities: 

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 GIG 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. 

Applications for all of the resource concerns listed below will be considered by Idaho for the 2021 CIG: Soil, Water, Air, Plants, Animals, and Energy. A full listing of the categories under all of these resource concerns can be found in Supporting Documents, below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171685

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$150,000

Number of Grants:

The agency expects to make up to two awards, depending on amounts requested.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $75,000
Award Floor: $25,000

Term of Contract:

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

Eligibility:

  • Agency of the county or other local government
  • 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:

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 Idaho. Individuals and entities may submit more than one application and may receive more than one award.

All CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers that meet EQIP's eligibility requirements:
- Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions
- 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 DFR Part 1400
- Have control of the land involved for the term of the proposed contract period.

Technologies and approaches that are eligible for funding in a project’s geographic area using an EQIP contract for an established conservation practice standard are ineligible for CIG funding, except where the use of those technologies and approaches demonstrates clear innovation.

For a list of funding restrictions, see the Grant Announcement, page 9.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received at the grants.gov website by May 3, 2021 by 5 PM Mountain time. The proposals have to be submitted through the Grants.gov website. A copy can also be sent to Denise Adkins by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on May 3, 2021.

Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) may be submitted until April 12, 2021. Responses to questions posed will be posted on Grants.gov approximately two weeks before the application due date.

The agency anticipates making selections by June 2, 2021 and expects to execute awards by
September 30, 2021.

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.

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

CIG recipients must provide a non-federal funding match or cost-share amount at least equal to the amount of federal funding requested.

If your organization has never submitted an application via Grants.gov, please be aware that there are several steps you must take to register your organization before you can submit an application. Completing those steps takes a significant amount of time. 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.

- Dun and Bradstreet (http://www.dnb.com/duns-number.html)
- System for Award Management (SAM) (https://www.sam.gov)
- Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/)

Please allow sufficient time to register in grants.gov and for possible system delays.

View this opportunity and related documents on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331899

For a list of 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.

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

Questions about this announcement can be directed by email to darvis.jordan@usda.gov or by phone to Darvis Jordan at (208) 685-6992.

Denise Adkins, Resource Conservationist for Technical Resources
(208) 685-6991
Denise.Adkins@id.usda.gov

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact one of the following individuals with
the NFO number in the subject line:
Administrative Contact (Primary Contact)
Name: Sondra Watkins
Grants Management Specialist
FPAC Business Center
Phone Number: (202) 572-5848
Email: sondra.watkins@usda.gov with a copy to FPAC.BC.GAD@USDA.GOV

USDA-NRCS, CIG Program
9173 W, Barnes Dr. Suite C
Boise, ID 83709

CFDA Number:

10.912

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NRCS-ID-CIG-21-NOFO0001051

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho

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