FY 2011 New Mexico CIG Program Funding Announcement

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FY 2011 New Mexico CIG Program Funding Announcement: I. FUNDING OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION A. Legislative Authority The Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) was authorized as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) [16 U.S.C. 3839aa-8] under Section 2509 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-246). The Secretary of Agriculture delegated the authority for the administration of EQIP and CIG to the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), who is Vice President of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). EQIP is funded and administered by NRCS under the authorities of the CCC. B. Overview The purpose of CIG is to stimulate on-the-ground adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG state projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies and management systems into NRCS policy, technical manuals, guides, and references or to the private sector. CIG does not fund research projects. 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 3 years, submitted from eligible entities including federally recognized Indian tribes, State and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations and individuals. Criteria for Application Evaluation identified in the application instructions in this package. NRCS will utilize a team review process, with final project selections to be made by the state conservationist. C. Innovative Conservation Projects or Activities For the purposes of CIG, the proposed innovative project or activity must encompass the development, field testing, evaluation, implementation, and monitoring of: a. Conservation adoption approaches or incentive systems, including market-based systems; or b. Promising conservation technologies, practices, systems, procedures, or approaches; and c. Environmental soundness with goals of environmental protection and natural resource enhancement. To be given priority consideration, the innovative project or activity should: a. Make use of a proven technology or a technology that has been studied sufficiently to indicate a high probability for success; b. Demonstrate and verify environmental (soil, water, air, plants, energy use, and animal) effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability of conservation technology in the field; c. Adapt conservation technologies, practices, systems, procedures, approaches, and incentive systems to improve performance and encourage adoption; d. Introduce conservation systems, approaches, and procedures from another geographic area or agricultural sector; and e. Adapt conservation technology, management, or incentive systems to improve performance; and f. Demonstrate transferability of knowledge. D. New Mexico State Component For FY 2011, applications must demonstrate benefits in one or more of the following categories: 1. Energy 2. Productivity and Environmental Health of Pastureland or Rangeland 3. Productivity and Environmental Health of Forestland 4. Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture 5. Soil Quality 6. Nutrient Management 7. Pest Management 8. Air Quality and Atmospheric Resource 9. Sustainable and Organic Agriculture 10. Pollinator Habitat
Federal Grant Title: FY 2011 New Mexico CIG Program Funding Announcement
Federal Agency Name: New Mexico State Office
Grant Categories: Agriculture Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-NM-11-01
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 10.912
CFDA Descriptions: Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Current Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2011
Original Application Deadline: Apr 22, 2011
Posted Date: February 16th, 2011
Creation Date: Feb 16, 2011
Archive Date: May 22, 2011
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $75,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award:
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments - County governments - City or township governments - Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) - Individuals - Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
CIG applicants must be a Federally recognized Indian tribe, State or local unit of government, non-governmental organization, or individual.
Grant Announcement Contact
Seth Fiedler CIG Program Manager Phone 505-761-4416

seth.fiedler@nm.usda.gov [seth.fiedler@nm.usda.gov]
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