NRCS Makes $65 Million in Grants Available- Applications due October 30, 2023
NRCS MAKES $65 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR CONSERVATION INNOVATION GRANTS PROGRAM
Applications due October 30, 2023
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the availability of $65 million through two funding opportunities for new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Of this funding, $25 million will be delivered through President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, the largest clean energy and climate investment in history, which directed USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to prioritize CIG On-Farm Trials projects that use diet and feed management to reduce enteric methane emissions from ruminants, as well as other projects that have climate mitigation benefits.
Two separate CIG funding opportunities are now available on grants.gov: $50 million through CIG On-Farm Trials https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html… $15 million is available through CIG Classic https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html…
For CIG On-Farm Trials, this year’s funding priorities are:
Irrigation water management technologies
Feeding management and enteric methane reduction
Soil health demonstration trials
For CIG Classic, this year’s funding priorities are:
Habitat conservation and restoration for wildlife and invertebrates
Managing agricultural lands to improve local water quality
Strengthening conservation through indigenous knowledge
Strong consideration will be given to proposals that include Historically Underserved entities and individuals.
This opportunity is open to all domestic non-federal entities and individuals based in the United States for projects carried out in the U.S.
Applications are being accepted now through October 30, 2023.