2012 Conservation Innovation Grants - WA
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Washington's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is participating in
the 2012 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) State Component. CIG is a
voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of
innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal
investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with
agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program
(EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to eligible entities including
Federal recognized Indian Tribes, state and local units of government and
nongovernmental individuals and organizations.
CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and
approaches to address some of the nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal,
State, and local regulations. NRCS administers the CIG program. The CIG requires a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant. The CIG has two funding components - national and state.
CIG National Component
proposal deadline closed April 27, 2012.
WA CIG State Component
NRCS anticipates that the amount
available for support of this program in FY 2012 will be
$150,000. Funds will be awarded through a statewide competitive grants
- Applications are requested from entities including Federal recognized
Indian Tribes, state and local units of government and
non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of
grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration.
- This notice
identifies the objectives for CIG projects, the eligibility criteria for
projects, and provides the instructions needed to apply to CIG.
Deadline for submitting proposals for the WA CIG State
component is June 15, 2012.
Packets must be received at Washington NRCS State
Office by 4 P.M., Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on June 15, 2012.
2012 Program Facts
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 policy, technical manuals, guides, and
references or to the private sector. CIG does not fund research projects.
Projects intended to formulate hypothesis do not qualify. CIG is to apply proven
technology which has been shown to work previously. It is a vehicle to stimulate
the development and adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that
have been studied sufficiently to indicate a likelihood of success, and to be
candidates for eventual technology transfer or institutionalization. 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.
NRCS will accept applications for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed
three years, submitted to NRCS from eligible entities, including
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, State and local governments, and
nongovernmental organizations and individuals. Applications will only be
accepted for projects that will take place in Washington State.
Complete applications received by applicable deadlines will be evaluated by a
technical peer review panel based on the Criteria for Application Evaluation
identified in the application instructions in Section V.B. Applications will be
forwarded to a Grant Review Board. The Grant Review Board will make
recommendations for project approval to the Washington State Conservationist.
Final award selections will be made by the State Conservationist. The State
Conservationist reserves the right to not fund any or all proposals.
Innovative Conservation Projects or Activities
For the purposes of CIG, the proposed innovative project or
activity must encompass the development, field testing, evaluation, and
implementation, and monitoring of:
• Conservation adoption approaches or
incentive systems including market-based systems; or
• Promising conservation
technologies, practices, systems, procedures, or approaches; and
soundness with goals of environmental protection and natural resource
To be given priority consideration, the innovative project or
• Make use of a proven technology or a technology that has been
studied sufficiently to indicate a high probability for success;
and verify environmental (soil, water, air, plants, energy use, and animal)
effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability of conservation technology
in the field;
• Adapt conservation technologies, practices, systems,
procedures, approaches, and incentive systems to improve performance and
• Introduce conservation systems, approaches, and
procedures from another geographic area or agricultural sector;
conservation technology, management, or incentive systems to improve performance;
• Demonstrate transferability of knowledge.
2012 Washington State Grant Application Materials
2012 WA CIG
WA State Announcement Number: USDA_NRCS-WA-12-01
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 10.912
All forms necessary for CIG submission are available at
These forms are found in the Full Announcement link. Each of these forms will be
available in a form-fillable format within the above application package
SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance
SF-424a, Budget Information
WA State CIG Announcement
Obtaining a Data Universal Number System
Rules, Notices, and Additional Information
Up-to-date information regarding CIG program rules, notices and information can be found on the NRCS National CIG
Refer to the National NRCS
Review the CIG
Announcement of Program Funding on the Grants.gov webpage.
Or contact one of the Washington NRCS personnel listed below.
NRCS State Resource Conservationist - Technical
Assistant State Conservationist - Programs
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