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NRCS New York Announces Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for the fiscal year 2019

NRCS is announcing the availability of CIG to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of New York. A total of up to $150,000 is available for CIG in FY 2019. All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2019 is $75,000.

APPLICATIONS DUE DATE: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019.

For more information email Emily Armstrong or call 315-477-6535


The Conservation Innovation Grant 

The Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) is a voluntary, competitive grants program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.

Through CIG, NRCS partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. These new technologies and approaches address some of New York’s most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG benefits agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance within New York.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in New York State announces up to $150,000 in available funding for qualifying projects under the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to measure proven, emerging conservation strategies.

CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstration.

How to Submit an Application

Applications must be submitted through the Grants.gov web portal by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard  Time on July 3, 2019, and by emailing a PDF copy of the full application to emily.armstrong@usda.gov.  

Submitting a CIG application through www.grants.gov requires a number of tasks. There are several preliminary registration steps before an applicant can submit the application. To register in the grants.gov system, go to www.grants.gov, click on “Applicants,” then click on “Get Registered.

If you have completed a prior grants.gov application, you may already have completed the registration process.

Please allow sufficient time to register in grants.gov, and for possible system delays. An overview of Workspace can be viewed through grants.gov (WEBINAR - Getting Started with Workspace: Become a Workspace Wizard).

Additional CIG Information

Each year, there are two separate opportunities to apply for grants - the NRCS New York administered CIG program and the NRCS nationally administered CIG program. Each grant program may be applied to separately. Grant proposals submitted to the national program are evaluated and awarded separately from the New York CIG program and vice versa. A qualified agency, organization or individual may apply simultaneously to each program; however, only one grant will be awarded for the same application.