Columbia, MO (STL.News) The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) generally fund pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.
Karen Brinkman, assistant state conservationist, said Missouri anticipates having $150,000 in state-component CIG funds available this year. She said individual grants up to $75,000 can be used to fund projects lasting one to three years.
Brinkman said projects should address one or more of the three resource concerns identified for this program: grazing lands; organic agriculture systems; and soil health. Information about CIG and the application process is available online at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300534
Applications must be submitted electronically through the grants.gov website by 5 p.m. March 26. A PDF of the completed application must also be emailed to Deborah.Burgess@mo.usda.gov.
For more information, contact Karen Brinkman at Karen.email@example.com or at 573-876-0901.