United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Vermont
07/29/19 4:00 PM EST Receipt
Grants ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 to Vermont non-federal entities and individuals for the development and application of innovative environmental conservation strategies related to agricultural production. Funding is intended to enable both private and public entities to adopt and transfer promising technologies that address pressing concerns in natural resources conservation. The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection 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.
The CIG priorities for FY 2019 are:
1. Water Quality
2. Soil Health
3. Forestry and Wildlife Habitat
For information about these priority areas, see page 4 of the funding announcement document in Supporting Documents below.
GrantWatch ID#: 181282
Expected Number of Awards: 10
The funding floor for a single award is $10,000. The funding ceiling for a single award is $75,000.
Projects may be between one and three years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on a project start date of September 30, 2019.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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Email a PDF of the application to:
802-951-6796 ext 244
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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
356 Mountain View Drive, Suite 105
Colchester, VT 05446
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