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Oregon Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Grants to Oregon Non-Federal Entities, IHEs,
and Individuals for Conservation Projects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

04/09/20

Deadline Date:

05/08/20 4:00 PM PST Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Oregon non-Federal governmental and non-governmental organizations, IHEs, and individuals to promote the development and implementation of creative conservation strategies and technologies on agricultural lands. Funding is intended 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 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 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.

CIG Priorities:

  1. Energy Priority
  2. Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Priority
  3. Water Quality Priority
  4. Water Quantity Priority
  5. Plant Health/Vigor Priority
  6. Soil Quality Priority
  7. Wildlife Habitat/Livestock Priority

For more details on these priority areas, see the Oregon CIG Announcement in Attached Files below, pages 3-6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171690

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$300,000

Number of Grants:

10

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding floor for a single award is $5,000 and the funding ceiling for a single award is $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be between one and three years in duration.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Single entities
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, institutions of higher education, or individuals.

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 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.

Applicant entities identified in the SAM.gov 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 (2 CFR 200.205(d)).

For information about funding restrictions, see Page 12 of the Guidelines in Attached Files, below.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information webinar will be held on April 9, 2020, at 10:00 AM.

Information on how to participate will be posted here: https://go.usa.gov/xd4Wj

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted through the Grants.gov web portal by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 8, 2020. Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov. Submissions must be received by the time and date due. Late submissions will not be reviewed or considered.

Please allow extra time to register in Workspace because there are several preliminary registration steps before an applicant can submit the application.

NFEs must obtain a DUNS and register in SAM prior to registering with Grants.gov. NFEs are strongly encouraged to apply early for their DUNS number and SAM registration.

CIG recipients must provide a non-federal funding match or cost-share amount at least equal to the amount of federal funding requested. Applications that do not include cost-sharing will be ineligible for award. Cost sharing may be achieved with contributions of cash, services, materials, equipment, or third party in-kind contributions.

Additional information: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/or/newsroom/releases/?cid=nrcseprd1555317

Register with Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325306

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Oregon CIG Contact
Amy Fischer, CIG Program Manager
Phone: 503-414-3292
Email: amy.fischer@or.usda.gov

USDA-NRCS
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 900
Portland, OR 97232

CFDA Number:

10.912

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CIGOFT-20-GEN0010750

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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