Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 – Alaska

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Funding Opportunity ID: 325258
Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-AK-CIG-20-GEN0010741
Opportunity Title: Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 – Alaska
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Agriculture
Environment
Natural Resources
Science and Technology and other Research and Development
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 10.912
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: All U.S.-based non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals, with the exception of Federal agencies, are eligible to apply.
Agency Code: USDA-NRCS
Agency Name: Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Posted Date: Mar 09, 2020
Close Date: May 15, 2020 Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on May 15, 2020.
Last Updated Date: Mar 09, 2020
Award Ceiling: $445,000
Award Floor: $6,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $445,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: U.S. Department Of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (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 Alaska. A total of up to $445,000 is available for the Alaska CIG competition in FY 2020. 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 2020 is $445,000. Teleconference A teleconference for Alaska CIG applicants is scheduled for March 26, 2020 at 10 a.m. Alaska Standard Time. Information on how to participate in the webinar will be posted to the Alaska NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants website: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/ak/programs/financial/cig/ Applicants are encouraged to visit the Alaska State CIG website to learn more about the CIG program. https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/ak/programs/financial/cig/ 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 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; 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. Technologies and approaches that are eligible for funding in a project’s geographic area using an EQIP contract for an established conservation practice standard are ineligible for CIG funding, except where the use of those technologies and approaches demonstrates clear innovation. Please see the Full Announcement on the Related Documents tab of this opportunity for NRCS AK CIG Federal Fiscal Year 2020 Priorities APPLICATIONS DUE DATE: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time on May 15, 2020. FOR MORE INFORMATION: Please see the Full Announcement on the Related Documents tab of this opportunity
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