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California Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program

Conservation Innovation Grants


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.

Funding Opportunities

CIG has two competitions available in fiscal year 2016 - 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: 2016 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 2016 CIG Announcement

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California FY 2016 CIG Program Announcement (PDF; 156 KB)

Who May Apply

  • State and Local Government Entities
  • Tribal Entities
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Individuals

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 FY16 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

FY16 California CIG Applications must be submitted by 4:30pm PDT, June 17th, 2016

Applicants must submit a complete application packet, consisting of the documents listed below the application package. For details regarding the following documents, please click - California FY 2016 CIG Program Announcement (PDF; 156 KB) and download the supplemental application instructions

    1. Standard Form 424 Application for Federal Assistance
    2. Standard Form 424A Budget Information Non-Construction Programs
    3. Standard Form 424B Assurances for Non-Construction Programs
    4. Optional Project Narrative Form
    5. Optional Budget Narrative Form
  1. Project Summary (3 page MAXIMUM)
Please submit applications by mail to;
430 G St, #4164
Davis, CA 95618

or by Email to;


Erik Beardsley, State CIG Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5649

Alan Forkey, Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5653