Vermont Business Magazine Up to $550,000 in federal grants are available in Vermont for the development of innovative conservation approaches and technologies through the USDA-administered Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Grant applications must be submitted by April 8, 2022.
Complete information about this opportunity can be found online at: USDA-NRCS-VT-CIG-22-NOFO0001133 .
Funded by the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the CIG helps stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. GIC projects should lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, in government manuals and technical guides or to the private sector.
CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations and on-farm conservation research. This year’s state priorities for USDA-NRCS-VT-CIG-22-NOFO0001133 are:
- Water quality
- Soil health
- Urban agriculture and climate-smart agriculture
- Forestry and wildlife habitat
Applications must be submitted electronically via Grants.gov . For those new to the Grants.gov system, several preliminary steps are required before an application can be submitted. To register for the grant.gov system, go to www.grants.gov, click on “Candidates”, then click on “Register”. All non-federal entities and individuals are welcome to apply. The CIG requires applicants to provide at least a 50-50 match.
Visit the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants Site for more details on the CIGs.
COLCHESTER, Vermont (March 31, 2022) – USDA