Landowners can now apply for a share of $200,000 of funding that will be available in Kansas for new technology or approaches to conservation practices under Conservation Innovation Grants, which attempt to address the state's most pressing natural resource conservation needs.
"In today's rapidly changing world for NRCS to continue to effectively and efficiently get conservation on the ground, we need to continue to seek out new and innovative ideas," says Eric Banks, with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
State, tribal, and local governmental entities, non-governmental organizations, and individuals may apply. Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern.
Applications are due in the Kansas NRCS state office by June 25, 2010. Project proposals will be evaluated with the assistance of the Kansas Technical Committee based on the criteria identified in the announcement of Fiscal Year 2010 program funding.
Selected applicants may receive grants up to 50 percent of the total project cost, not exceeding $50,000. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50 percent of the project cost. Of the non-federal matching funds, 50 percent may be from in-kind contributions. Projects may be single or multi-year, not to exceed three years.