INDIANAPOLIS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service now is accepting applications for the Conservation Innovation Grants program.

Jill Reinhart, assistant state conservationist for partnerships with Indiana NRCS, said $12.5 million in funding is available with this national grant opportunity and participants can be awarded up to $2 million per project.

Reinhart said the grant program has a match requirement.

“If groups are asking for $1 million, then they must bring $1 million,” Reinhart said, adding that the project can last anywhere from one to three years.

Reinhart said the purpose of the grant is for groups or individuals to use the funding for new innovative conservation ideas that haven’t been done before.

Reinhart said the program is looking for innovative ideas that will help accelerate conservation practices and the adoption of them.

She said the program also is looking for innovative projects that focus on pollinator habitats, water quantity and urban agriculture.

Applications for the Conservation Innovation Grants are due July 30.

For more information about the program, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/programs/financial/cig.

Ashley Langreck can be reached at 800-426-9438, ext. 192, or alangreck@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Langreck.

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