Opportunity: Conservation Innovation Grants for agricultural lands in the US Caribbean

USDA NRCS conservation innovation grants

The United States Departure of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants for qualifying entities in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (as well as other US states and territories):

Conservation Innovation Grants are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands.

For more than a decade, CIG projects have addressed a wide diversity of topics and resource concerns, including soil health, irrigation efficiency, wildlife and pollinator habitat, water and air quality, greenhouse gas markets, on-farm energy use and conservation finance.

CIG applications are accepted from state or local governments, federally-recognized American Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations and individuals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands) and the Pacific Islands Area.

NRCS recognizes the need to provide special consideration to historically-underserved agricultural producers and forest landowners and strives to ensure that they benefit from innovative technologies and approaches. Each year, up to 10 percent of national CIG funds is set aside for applicants who are beginning or limited resource farmers and ranchers, American Indian tribes or community-based organizations that include or represent these producers and private forest landowners.

Get more information from the NRCS website. The application deadline is February 26, 2018.

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