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Alaska Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

Grants to Alaska Organizations, Individuals, Businesses, 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:

05/14/21 11:59 PM Eastern Time

Description:

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Grants to Alaska organizations, individuals, businesses, tribes, and local and state governments for activities to promote conservation efforts on agricultural lands. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. The purpose of the grant program is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production.

Innovative Conservation Projects or Activities 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 of 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.

For details about program priorities, see page 7 of the NOFO document in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188648

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$469,750

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $5,000 and the estimated funding ceiling is $469,750.

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
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • 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
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 14, 2021. Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding Grants.gov accounts. Questions regarding this notice of funding opportunity (NFO) may be submitted until March 26, 2021. Responses to questions posed will be posted on Grants.gov approximately two weeks before the application due date.

The agency anticipates making selections by June 18, 2021 and expects to execute awards by August 31, 2021.

Cost Sharing or Matching: This NFO requires applicants to share at least 50% of total project costs. Applications that do not include the required level of 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.

Although creating a Grants.gov account online can take only minutes, DUNS and SAM registrations may take several weeks. Therefore, organizations should begin the process early to ensure they have sufficient time to complete registration and meet required application submission deadlines.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331680

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.

Direct questions to:
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-21-NOFO0001055

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska

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