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The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing this CIG NFO to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of Florida. A total of up to $900,000 is expected for awards to be executed from this Florida CIG competition. All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award from this NFO is $250,000.

The Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program is authorized as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) (16 U.S.C. 3839aa-8). The Secretary of Agriculture delegated the authority for the administration of EQIP, including CIG, to the Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). EQIP is funded and administered by NRCS under the authorities of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies 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) to agricultural producers, into government technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO) is being released prior to appropriation and/or apportionment of funds for fiscal year 2022 or 2023. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program.

Two webinars for CIG applicants are scheduled for May 4, 2022, at 10 a.m. and June 1, 2022, at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Information on how to participate in the webinar will be posted to the Florida CIG website.

Estimated Total Program Funding: $900,000
Award Ceiling: $250,000
Award Floor: $25,000
Expected Number of Awards: 10

Application Deadline: August 31, 2022 by 11:59 pm Eastern Time

Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=338651