California Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program
The Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. These projects may be watershed-based, regional, or statewide in scope. The latest CIG success stories can be found on the USDA Blog.
CIG has two competitions available in fiscal year 2015 - National and State. Program funding for National and State is separate, information on each of these opportunities can be found below.
National CIG Competition
NRCS is offering a funding opportunity to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. The application period for the National CIG competition is now closed.
Follow the link to obtain information and application assistance on the National CIG Competition: 2015 NRCS nationally-administered CIG grant program.
California CIG Competition
The intent of the state component is to provide flexibility to NRCS State Conservationists to target CIG funds to individual producers and smaller organizations that may possess promising innovations, but may not compete well on the larger scale of the national grants competition.
California 2015 CIG Announcement
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California FY 2015 CIG Program Announcement (PDF; 290 KB)
Who May Apply
- State and Local Government Entities
- Tribal Entities
- Non-Governmental Organizations
Project Eligibility Information
- Projects must involve producers who meet the EQIP eligibility requirements set forth in § 1466.6(b)(1) through (3). - EQIP Eligibility Requirements
- Selection will be based on the FY15 CIG Program criteria - More Info
- Selected applicants may receive grants of up to 50 percent of the total project cost, NOT to exceed $75,000.
- Applicants must provide non-Federal funding EQUAL to the amount of Federal Funds requested. Non-Federal Funds must be derived from cash and/or in-kind sources
- Matching Funds must be secured at the time of application
How To Apply
Applicants must submit a complete application packet, consisting of the documents below. For details regarding the following documents, please click - California FY 2015 CIG Program Announcement.
Standard Form 424 Application for Federal Assistance
Standard Form 424A Budget Information Non-Construction Programs
Project Summary (3 page MAXIMUM)
California CIG pre-proposals are to be submitted to the Davis, CA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Office by 4:30 PM, Friday, April 10, 2015
*Pre-proposals are to be submitted by hand, mail or Email, faxed copies will not be considered
Applicants are strongly urged to submit pre-proposals early to avoid delays and ensure delivery before or by the deadline. Please submit Pre-proposals to the following addresses:
USDA-NRCS, CIG Program
430 G St, #4164
Davis, CA 95618
Erik Beardsley, State CIG Program Manager
Alan Forkey, Program Manager