Conservation Innovation Grants New Hampshire State Program (US)
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.
The purpose of CIG is 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 government 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.
NRCS New Hampshire expects to award approximately $200,000 through this opportunity. However, the agency retains the discretion to award a larger or lesser amount.
Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration.
The agency expects to make one or two award(s).
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 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.
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
City or township governments
Independent school districts
Special district governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Private institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338492