Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS' Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2018 – Virginia

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Funding Opportunity ID:300657
Opportunity Number:USDA-NRCS-VA-CIG-18-01
Opportunity Title:Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2018 – Virginia
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:County governments
City or township governments
Independent school districts
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Individuals
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code:USDA-NRCS
Agency Name:Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Posted Date:Feb 12, 2018
Close Date:Apr 06, 2018
Last Updated Date:Feb 12, 2018
Award Ceiling:$75,000
Award Floor:$0
Estimated Total Program Funding:$450,000
Expected Number of Awards:6
Description:NRCS is announcing the availability of CIG to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of Virginia. A total of up to $450,000 is available for CIG in FY 2018. 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 2018 is $75,000. 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 im1ovative 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.
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