Once again, the US Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its annual Conservation Innovation Grants. This year, about $15 million will be available through the Natural Resources Conservation Service to local and state governments, tribes, educational and non-governmental organizations, and private businesses and individuals.
According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the priorities this year are nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, air quality, climate change, wildlife, economics, sociology, environmental markets, food safety, historically underserved groups, and assessments of past Conservation Innovation Grant projects.
The 10-year-old CIG program is intended to develop new conservation approaches and technologies on private land, both agricultural and forest lands. At least half the cost of a CIG project must come from non-federal matching funds.
You can find more information on the program here and submit an electronic grant application here. The application deadline is March 7.