USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has up to $160,000 of funding available in Rhode Island for eligible individuals, local and state governments, non-governmental organizations, and tribes through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). These grants are intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection. The funding floor for a single award is $10,000 and the funding ceiling is $150,000. CIG recipients must provide a non-federal funding match. The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following categories: aquatic resources and wildlife, urban farms, water quality and quantity, soil health, and improved energy efficiency.
The application deadline is May 18, 2021.