2007-06-07 / News

Apply now for conservation grants from the state

The Rhode Island office of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a second round of requests for proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for 2007. Grants of up to $75,000 are available to fund creative ideas and practices that will conserve soil, water and energy resources or improve air quality, grazing land and forest health in Rhode Island. The total pot from which NRCS will make awards to CIG is $176,000.

Applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Friday, July 6, from all eligible government or non-government organizations or individuals, including federally-recognized tribes.

"The CIG program stimulates the development and adoption of new and innovative approaches and technologies to managing our natural resources more effectively and effi- ciently," said Roylene Rides At The Door, NRCS State Conservationist. "It allows applicants to create practical solutions to address conservation and resource management."

The CIG can fund pilot projects and conservation field trials up to three years in length.

To view the Announcement of Program Funding visit, www.ri.nrcs. usda.gov/programs/cig or www. grants.gov/. Those interested may apply on-line through www.grants. gov or download an application and mail it to USDA NRCS, Attention: Michael Moorman, 60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46, Warwick, RI 02886.

For questions or assistance with the application process, contact Alicia Lehrer at the Southern Rhode Island Conservation District (SRICD) at 284-1885.

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