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Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Grants to New Mexico Non-Federal Entities
and Individuals for Conservation in Agriculture

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) - New Mexico

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05/28/19 5:00 PM MST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $75,000 to New Mexico non-Federal entities and individuals to promote the development and implementation of creative approaches and technologies that are related to agricultural production. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to applying. It is anticipated that awarded projects will 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.

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 has been 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 2019, NRCS accepts proposals that address one or more of the State priorities listed below. Proposals must explicitly state which priority(ies) and sub-prority(ies) are being addressed:
1. Increased reliance on natural biodiversity to control pests
2. Soil health management systems (SHMS)- collection of NRCS conservation practices that focus on maintaining or enhancing soil health by addressing all four soil health planning principles: minimize disturbance, maximize soil cover, maximize biodiversity
and maximize the presence of living roots.
3. Water conservation
4. Fish and wildlife habitat

For additional information about 2019 CIG priorities, see page 3 of the CIG NOF in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171687

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The funding floor for a single award is $5,000 and the funding ceiling for a single award is $75,000.

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NRCS accepts proposals for projects of one to three years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals, with the exception of Federal agencies, are eligible to apply for projects carried out in New Mexico. 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 the eligibility requirements for EQIP listed in 7 CFR ยง 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.

Applicant entities identified in the Exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted or excluded from receiving Federal contracts, certain subcontracts, and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program.

CIG funds may not be used to pay any of the following costs unless otherwise permitted by law or approved in writing by the Authorized Departmental Officer in advance of incurring such costs:
1. Costs above the amount of funds authorized for the project;
2. Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the grant (preaward costs);
3. Costs which lay outside the scope of the approved project and amendments thereto;
4. Entertainment costs, regardless of their apparent relationship to project objectives;
5. Compensation for injuries to persons or damage to property arising out of project activities;
6. Consulting services performed by a federal employee during official duty hours when such consulting services result in the payment of additional compensation to the employee; and
7. Renovation or refurbishment of research or related spaces, the purchase or installation of fixed equipment in such spaces, and the planning, repair, rehabilitation, acquisition, or construction of buildings or facilities.

Pre-Application Information:

The New Mexico state deadline for applications for fiscal year 2019 is May 28, 2019, 5:00 PM Mountain Time. Proposals must be submitted through Workspace. Please allow extra time to register in Workspace because there are several preliminary registration steps before an applicant can submit the application.

CIG recipients must provide a non-Federal funding match or cost-share at least equal to the amount of Federal funding requested. Cost sharing may be achieved with contributions of cash, services, materials, equipment, or third party in-kind contributions.

Applicants must obtain a DUNS and register in SAM prior to registering with Information on how to obtain a DUNS number can be found at or by calling 1-866-705-5711.

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

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If you encounter issues with, please contact the help desk at (800) 518-4726 or

Questions about this announcement can be directed to:

Athena Cholas, Resource Conservationist
100 Sun Avenue N.E., Suite 602
Albuquerque, NM 87109-3434
P: (505) 761-4419
F: (855) 538-6003

Kristee R. Hall, Grantor
Phone 817-509-3757

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USA: New Mexico