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Conservation Innovation Grants

CIG Solar PhotoNRCS provides funding opportunities for agriculturalists and others through various programs. Conservation Innovation Grants (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. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. NRCS administers CIG.

Funding Opportunity

National 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 funding opportunity is now available. The application period closed Feb. 24, 2015.

FY 2015 CIG Announcement for Program Funding (PDF, 483 KB)

State Competition
NRCS offers funding opportunities at the state level 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.

Colorado NRCS recently announced the availability of up to $300,000 for proposed projects in Colorado through its fiscal year 2015 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. There will be a maximum of $75,000 available per grant. Pre-proposal applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Sunday, May 10, 2015.  Click on link below to access the proposal packet. Applications may also be sent electronically through www.grants.gov or to Michael.Brady@co.usda.gov

FY 2015 Colorado Statewide CIG Announcement for Program Funding (PDF, 483 KB)

Contact
Michael Brady, Program Manager
Phone: 720-544-2813
Email: Michael.Brady@co.usda.gov