Edwin Almodóvar, United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Caribbean Area director, has announced the availability of up to $250,000 in 2018 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in the Caribbean Area.
Applications are requested from eligible government agencies, non-governmental organizations or individuals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and will be awarded on a competitive basis. CIG will fund projects 1 to 3 years in duration, with an anticipated project start date of Sept. 30. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in Fiscal Year 2018. The closing date to submit 2018 applications is May 30.
CIG projects should lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems and innovative approaches into NRCS policy, technical manuals, guides and references, or to the private sector. CIG does not fund research projects. CIG funds projects target innovative, on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.
Caribbean Area CIG Priorities for Fiscal Year 2018:
Steep Land Agricultural Technology — NRCS is seeking proposals that help producers establish, support or improve: management, vegetative, agronomic or engineering practices on steep lands.
Renewable Energy on Agricultural Enterprises — Demonstrate and validate adaptation trials and practical field evaluations of alternate or emerging energy technologies, sources and storage alternatives.
Risk Prevention and Management of Natural Resources affected by Natural Disasters — Develop comprehensive effective incident management measures and incident response to enhance the ability to prevent and manage domestic incidents and recover from major disasters such as hurricanes, droughts, wildfires and other farm emergencies.
For announcement details and application instructions, visit the 2018 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) webpage or the local USDA Service Center.
The 2018 Caribbean Area CIG Announcement of Program Funding (APF) and online application package (announcement #USDA-NRCS-PR-CIG-18-001) can be found at www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=302405. Electronic applications must be submitted through www.grants.gov.