Virginia Conservation Innovation Grants

“Overview: The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection 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) into NRCS technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. CIG promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users. CIG funds projects targeting innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations. CIG does not fund research projects, with the exception of on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specified conservation-related question using a statistically valid design, while employing farm-scale equipment on farm fields. Specifically, a valid study design will use an appropriate number of replications and statistical analysis of results. To the extent NRCS funds research projects through CIG, the Agency will only fund research projects that stimulate innovative approaches to natural resource management in conjunction with agricultural production. NRCS will accept proposals under this notice for single or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by eligible entities from Virginia. Eligible entities include Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, universities and colleges, non-governmental organizations, soil and water conservation districts and individuals. Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. Incomplete and/or noncompliant proposals will be eliminated from competition, and notification of elimination will be sent to the applicant. Complete proposals received by the applicable deadline will be evaluated by a Virginia CIG Review Group made up of NRCS staff. The CIG Review Group will evaluate complete proposal applications based on the Proposal Evaluation Criteria identified in the instructions in section V.B. We will be especially looking for proposals that demonstrate the use of innovative technologies and/or approaches to address at least one of the topics provided in section I.D. of this notice. The CIG Review Group will make its recommendations for project approval to the NRCS State Conservationist who will make the final selections.” (

  • Funding Number– USDA-NRCS-VA-CIG-16-01
  • Closing Date– June 24, 2016
  • Funding Category– Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources
  • Award Ceiling– $75,000
  • Number of Expected Awards-10
  • Eligibility– Small businesses, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments, Special district governments, City or township governments, County governments, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Private institutions of higher education, and Individuals (
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  • Additional Help & Information– Twyla Gendron, Business Svcs. Spec. USDA, NRCS 1606 Santa Rosa Rd., Ste. 209 Richmond, Virginia 23229-5014

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