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New Hampshire Conservation Innovation Grants

Post Date

April 11th 2016

Application Due Date

June 1st 2016

Closing date will be for the submission of "Pre-proposals only." Selected applicants will be notified to submit their "Full proposals."

Funding Opportunity Number


CFDA Number(s)


Funding Instrument Type(s)


Funding Activity Categories

Natural Resources

Number of Awards


Eligibility Categories

State Governments
County Governments
City or Township Governments
Special District Governments
Public and State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Federally Recognized Native American Tribal Governments
Public Housing Authorities or Indian Housing Authorities
Non-Profits With 501 (c) (3) Status With The IRS (Except Higher Education Institutions)
Private Institutions of Higher Education
Small Businesses


  • Estimated Total Funding:


  • Award Range:

    $0 - $75000

Grant Description

Overview: 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 technical manuals and guides or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies. 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. CIG does not fund research projects, with the exception of on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specified conservation-related question using a statistically valid design, while employing farm-scale equipment on farm fields. Specifically, a valid study design will use an appropriate number of replications and statistical analysis of results. CIG does not fund basic science research projects. To the extent NRCS funds research projects through CIG, the Agency will only fund research projects that stimulate innovative approaches to natural resource management in conjunction with agricultural production. NRCS will accept proposals under this notice for single or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by eligible entities from New Hampshire. Eligible entities include Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. A two-phase evaluation process will be utilized for proposals submitted under this notice. The first phase requires the applicant to submit a pre-proposal. Pre-Proposals will be screened for completeness and compliance with the provisions of this notice. NRCS will only request a full proposal package from those applicants selected in the pre-proposal process. Complete proposals received by applicable deadlines will be evaluated by a technical peer review panel based on the Proposal Evaluation Criteria identified in the instructions in section V.B. Full proposals, along with their technically based recommendations from the peer review, will then be forwarded to the NH CIG review panel. The panel will make its recommendations for project approval to the NRCS State Conservationist who will make the final selections.

Contact Information

  • Agency

    Department of Agriculture

  • Office:

    Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • Agency Contact:

    Donald Keirstead
    State CIG Program Manager
    273 Locust St., Ste. 2D
    Dover, NH 03820
    Phone: (603) 868-9931 ext.128

  • Agency Mailing Address:

    NH CIG Program Contact

  • Agency Email Address:

  • More Information:

    NRCS NH CIG Homepage

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