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Grants to Virginia Agencies, Individuals, Nonprofits,
and For-Profits for Conservation Projects on Farmlands

Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) - Virginia

Agency Type:

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) - Virginia

Deadline Date:

05/16/22 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Virginia agencies, for-profits, individuals, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations for creative solutions to promote conservation on agricultural lands. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks. Specific focus will be made on projects addressing soil health and pollinator habitat restoration.

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.

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.

CIG Priorities for FY 2022:

  • Soil Health Emphasis - For FY 2022, NRCS Virginia will prioritize proposals that involve innovation in research, demonstration, outreach, education, or lead to improved technical assistance through conservation planning for improved implementation of:
    • (a) Establishing improved forbs in perennial grassland systems to improve stand diversity, forage quality and soil health.
  • Pollinator Habitat Restoration Emphasis - NRCS Virginia will consider proposals that involve innovation in research, demonstration, outreach, education, or technical/financial assistance strategies leading to greater implementation of pollinator habitat restoration. Preferred projects will focus on one or more of the following areas:
    • (a) Collection of seed of Virginia native plant ecotypes from natural stands and production of seed from those collections on the farms of private landowners,
    • (b) Restoration of diverse pollinator habitat by converting fields of non-native plants, and
    • (c) Restoration of diverse pollinator habitat by converting fields of low diversity native plants.
    • Diverse pollinator habitat is defined as habitat that contains at least two native grass species (less than 3 feet tall) and at least nine native wildflower species. Three of the wildflower species must bloom early in the growing season; three must bloom in the middle of the growing season, and three must bloom late in the growing season. Only $200k will be available for this priority topic.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171095

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$400,000

Number of Grants:

2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $200,000
Award Floor: $50,000

Term of Contract:

Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of September 15, 2022.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • 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
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments
  • Individuals

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants and applications must meet eligibility criteria by the application deadline to be considered for award. Eligible applicant type is determined by the implementing program statute. Applicant entities identified in the SAM.gov exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted, or excluded from receiving Federal contracts and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program (2 CFR 200.206(d)).

All U.S.-based non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals, with the exception of Federal agencies, are eligible to apply for projects carried out in Virginia. For a list of eligible entities, see page 8 of the NOFO, in Attached Files, below.

Any award made pursuant to this NFO will be made to a single entity. Applicants that apply as “partnerships” or other similar groupings must clearly describe the relationship between the applicant and the “partner” parties. In all but exceptional cases, it must be reflected in the award as an awardee/subawardee relationship.

All CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers that meet EQIP’s eligibility requirements listed in 7 CFR § 1466.6(b)(1) through (3):
- Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions (7 CFR Part 12).
- Be a person, legal entity, joint operation, Indian tribe, or native corporation who is engaged in agricultural production or forestry management or has an interest in the agricultural or forestry operation as defined in 7 CFR Part 1400.
- Have control of the land involved for the term of the proposed contract period.

For a list of funding restrictions, see page 20 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must submit their applications via Grants.gov by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 16, 2022.

The agency anticipates making selections by June 10, 2022 and expects to execute awards by June 30, 2022.

Although creating a Grants.gov account online can take only minutes, DUNS and SAM registrations may take several weeks. Therefore, organizations should begin the process early to ensure they have sufficient time to complete registration and meet required application submission deadlines.

An applicant organization may submit more than one application.

This NFO requires applicants to share at least 50% of total project costs.

The funding available through this NFO is Federal financial assistance. Grants 101 Training is highly recommended for those seeking knowledge about Federal financial assistance. The training is free and available to the public via https://www.cfo.gov/grants-training/.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339073

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Virginia CIG Program Manager:

Debbie Bullock
Phone: 804-287-1678
Email: Debbie.Bullock@usda.gov

For technical issues with Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or support@grants.gov.

CFDA Number:

USDA-NRCS-VA-CIG-22-NOFO0001199

Funding or Pin Number:

10.912

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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