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Alaska Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

Grants to Alaska Organizations, Individuals, and Agencies
for Activities to Promote Conservation on Agricultural Lands

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Alaska

Deadline Date:

05/15/20 5:00 PM ADT Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Alaska organizations, individuals, tribes, and local and state governments for activities to promote conservation efforts on agricultural lands. Applicants are advised that required registrations must be completed prior to applying. The purpose of the grant program 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 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.

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. 

CIG Priorities for FY 2020:

  • Priority: Wildfire Hazard from Biomass Accumulation - The objective of this priority is to demonstrate unique and innovative ways of using livestock to implement fuel breaks in forestland. Projects are sought to assist NRCS in helping agricultural producers decrease biomass accumulation thus decreasing the risk of wildfire spread. This will be accomplished by removing fine and ladder fuels, to create or enhance a fuel break in their forestland, while meeting desired management objectives. 
  • Priority: Plant Productivity and Health - The objective of this priority is to develop and implement new technologies, methods, and livestock management approaches to restore or improve plant health and vigor on rangeland, forestland, pasture, or hayland, while meeting desired management objectives. 
  • Priority: Soil Health - Soil Health resource concerns include the following: aggregate instability, compaction, concentration of salts or other chemicals, organic matter depletion, soil organism habitat loss or degradation, sheet and rill erosion, wind erosion. 

For more details about program priorities, see pages 4-5 of the Full Announcement document in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188648

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$445,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding floor for a single award is $6,000 and the funding ceiling for a single award is $445,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be between one and three years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are a source of federal funding provided to individuals, state and local governments, tribes, and nongovernmental organizations.

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 Alaska. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on May 15, 2020.

Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov. Please allow extra time to register in Workspace because there are several preliminary registration steps before an applicant can submit the application. To register, go to www.grants.gov, click on “Applicants”, then click on “Get Registered.”

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.

1. Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number: Information on how to obtain a DUNS number can be found at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform or by calling 1-866-705-5711.

2. System for Award Management (SAM) Registration: To register, go to: https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/.

Cost Sharing/Matching Requirements: 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.

NRCS anticipates announcing CIG selections through a USDA press release no later than August 30, 2020. Applicants should plan their projects based on a project start date of September 30, 2020.

News release: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/ak/newsroom/releases/1121a4c5-4bbe-4ddb-a603-4cb640dceb03/

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325258

For a list of application documents, see 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.

Amanda Crowe
Assistant State Conservationist (Programs)
USDA, Natural Resources Conservation Service
800 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Suite 100
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Phone: (907) 761-7757
Email: Amada.Crowe@usda.gov

CFDA Number:

10.912

Funding or Pin Number:

USDA-NRCS-AK-CIG-20-GEN0010741

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska

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