From USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Florida will invest $300,000 for Conservation Innovation Grants for high tunnel systems that improve weather resiliency and improve degraded plant conditions.
Grants between $5,000 to $75,000 will be awarded to applicants matching those funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-federal sources that can include cash or in-kind contributions. U.S.-based non-federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply for projects carried out in Florida.
Up to 10 percent of the funds are for proposals from historically underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or community- based organizations representing these entities. The funding announcement seeking proposals will be published on grants.gov and is available here.
Conservation Innovation Grants are competitive grants that drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. CIG projects inspire creative problem-solving that boosts production on farms, ranches, and private forests that improve water quality, soil health and wildlife habitat. Under the state CIG, public and private grantees develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges.
A webinar May 27, 2 p.m. EST will explain how to apply for the state Conservation Innovation Grants and give an overview of NRCS high tunnel systems. The meeting link is here. Or dial in to 1-844-517-1271, access code 962 370 659. Individuals who require special accommodations or materials in an alternative format or language contact Nina Bhattacharyya, 352-338-9554 by May 13.
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) puts more than 80 years of experience to work assisting America's private landowners with conserving their soil, water and other natural resources. Local, state and federal agencies and policymakers also rely on our expertise. We deliver technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. Cost shares and financial incentives are available in some cases. The majority of conservation application is accomplished with local partners. Our partnership with local conservation districts serves almost every county in Florida. Participation in NRCS programs is voluntary.