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2021 National CIG Notices of Funding Opportunity Coming Soon


The 2021 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Classic and On-Farm Trials (OFT) Notices of Funding Opportunity will be posted this spring to Grants.gov. We are looking forward to helping you draft another slate of innovative proposals! Contact us today.


New for this year, applicants will submit proposals through the NRCS Programs Portal rather than through Grants.gov. More information will be included in the CIG NFOs.


2020 CIG National and On-Farm Trials Projects On-Boarding

The national cohorts of 2020 CIG Classic and On-Farm Trials received their Awardee Orientation via a fully remote session in February of 2021. The orientation is designed to ensure that all awardees understand the programmatic and administrative responsibilities associated with carrying out a CIG project. These 38 awardees will be launching their projects in the very near future, if they haven’t already.


Learn more about the 2020 On-Farm Trials awards.

Learn more about 2020 CIG “Classic” awards.


2021 RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangement Funding Opportunity

NRCS is now accepting proposals for RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements through May 28th, 2021. A webinar for interested partners will be hosted on April 1st at 3pm EDT. For details on how to attend this webinar or how to submit a proposal, please visit the RCPP How to Apply page


Overview

Potential partners are invited to propose RCPP projects where NRCS and partners co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. Proposed projects must generate conservation benefits by addressing specific natural resource objectives in a State/multistate area or address one or more primary resource concerns within an NRCS-designated critical conservation area (CCA).


RCPP National Funding Opportunities

There are two types of national funding announcements under RCPP.

  1. RCPP Classic is the standard version of the program where NRCS and the lead partner both oversee contracts with producers and landowners engaged in RCPP activities.

  2. RCPP Alternative Funding Arrangements are partner-led projects that propose innovative use of federal assistance to achieve conservation benefits that are not possible under the RCPP Classic construct.

Applications are accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands), and U.S. territories in the Pacific Island Areas (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).


At least four weeks prior to the application deadline, and before starting an application in the RCPP portal, eligible entities interested in applying to RCPP are advised to request a meeting with the appropriate NRCS State RCPP coordinator(s) (PDF, 85KB).



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