Up to $300,000 in 2019 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are available to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in the Caribbean area, according to Caribbean Area Director Edwin Almodóvar of the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS).
Applications are requested from eligible government agencies, non-governmental organizations or individuals in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, which will be awarded on a competitive basis. CIG will fund projects for 1 to 3 years, with an anticipated project start date of Sept. 30, 2019. The maximum award amount for any project will not exceed $75,000 in FY 2019. The closing date to submit 2019 applications is May 31.
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; it funds projects targeting innovative, on-the-ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.
Caribbean Area CIG priorities for Fiscal Year 2019 are:
Soil Health: Emerging methods for slope stabilization on steep lands; and evaluation of nutrient management and integrated pest management (IPM) techniques in tropical soil health management systems.
Coastal Erosion: Conservation systems for coastal, marine and wetland ecosystems conservation to protect agricultural lands.
Wildlife Habitat Restoration: Characterization and model validation of potential habitat for the Coqui Llanero in Puerto Rico. [ID potential habitat for the species on private lands, provide habitat characteristics, validate presence or absence of the Coqui Llanero, replicate habitat characteristics in one or two areas to validate as potential conservation practice (with the same variable)].
Preparedness and response strategies for:
1. Proper management of routine on-farm animal mortalities
2. Extreme weather events such as hurricanes, drought, floods, winds and their effects on natural resources.
For announcement details and application instructions, visit the 2019 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) webpage or the local USDA Service Center.
The 2019 Caribbean Area CIG Announcement of Program Funding (APF) and online application package (Opportunity # USDA-NRCS-PR-CIG-19-GEN0010086) can be found at www.grants.gov. Electronic applications must be submitted through the website.