The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont, an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture, announced the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. The NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of the Vermont State CIG competition in fiscal year 2014 will be approximately $212,000.
Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants process. Only projects with a direct nexus to the state of Vermont will be considered. Applications must be received in the NRCS Vermont State Office by 4 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 9, 2014.
The three categories of natural resources concerns or technology needs in the State CIG 2014 competition are water quality and soil health, forestry and wildlife, and energy. Applications are requested from eligible governmental or nongovernmental organizations, individuals or legal entities for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration.
"These grants are critical for developing and demonstrating out-of-the-box ideas for conservation on America's private lands and strengthening rural communities," NRCS State Conservationist Vicky M. Drew said. "They inspire creative problem-solving that boosts the production of our farmers and ultimately improves our water, air and soil."
At least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from nonfederal matching funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient.
For more on this grant opportunity, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/vt/programs/financial/cig/
. To apply electronically, visit http://www.grants.gov
or contact a local NRCS office.