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NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) in New Jersey

Grants to New Jersey Individuals and Non-Federal Entities
for Conservation Projects on Agricultural Lands

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US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)

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07/14/19 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time


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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 to New Jersey non-Federal entities and individuals to promote the development and implementation of creative conservation strategies and technologies on agricultural lands. Required registrations may take several days to complete. The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following sub-categories: Urban Agriculture, Soil Health, Forest Health and Hydroponics.

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 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:
- 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 additional information about CIG Criteria and priorities, see pages 3-4 of the Guidelines in Attached Files.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171691

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

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Projects may be between one and 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 Jersey. Individuals and entities may submit more than one application and may receive more than one award.

For the FY2019 CIG award process, ranking points will be awarded to project that will benefit Historically Underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or community based organizations comprised of or representing these entities.

To view a list of funding restrictions, see page 10 of the Guidelines document in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be received at the website by July 14, 2019 by 5 PM Eastern Standard Time.

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

Applications must be submitted electronically through In additional a PDF of the complete application must be emailed to Christine Hall.

Applicants, except for individuals, must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) and have a valid DUNS number.
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Applicants must provide at least a 50 percent non-federal match that can be cash, in-kind or a combination of both.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) and the Related Documents tab on the page above.

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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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Christine Hall, State Resource Conservationist

USDA-NRCS-NJ State Office
220 Davidson Ave, 4th Floor
Somerset, NJ 08867

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USA: New Jersey