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U.S. Department of Agriculture: New Mexico Conservation Innovation Grants

Deadline: May 28, 2019

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) seek to fund projects 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 Natural Resources Conservation Service (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
  • 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

CIG Priorities include:

  1. Increased reliance on natural biodiversity to control pests
  2. Soil health management systems (SHMS)-collection of NRCS conservation practices that focus on maintaining or enhancing soil health by addressing all four soil health planning principles: minimize disturbance, maximize soil cover, maximize biodiversity, and maximize presence of living roots
  3. Water conservation
  4. Fish and wildlife habitat

Amount: An anticipated $75,000 will be available to make awards ranging from $5,000-$75,000. Proposals for projects of one to three years in duration will be accepted.

Eligibility: All non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals, with the exception of Federal agencies, are eligible to apply for projects carried out in New Mexico.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=314334

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