Conservation Innovation Grants

The Conservation Innovation Grant program (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 (EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental 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. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers CIG. The CIG requires a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant.

Maryland 2014 CIG

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maryland is making up to $300,000 available in 2014 for the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

This year, Maryland NRCS will offer Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding for projects within the state that focus on soil health, nutrient management and wildlife. Soil health submissions can address a wide range of topics, including crop diversity, grazing management, and soil water holding capacity. Innovative approaches that manage and optimize nutrient management to reduce downstream nutrient loads and maintain agricultural productivity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are also strongly encouraged.

Applicants must submit a full proposal package to NRCS Maryland by 2 pm, EST on August 22, 2014.  

To view the full announcement, visit and type “MD CIG” in the search engine. The Maryland application number is USDA-NRCS-MD-CIG-14-01. All instructions and requirements for applying are listed in the Request For Proposal and must be followed as stated for all interested applicants.

Questions about the NRCS Maryland application process for CIGs should be directed to:
Mikel Williams Hawkins
NRCS Maryland Farm Bill Program Specialist (EQIP) or

If you have difficulty accessing the electronic announcement, contact:
Denise Brooks
Contracting Officer

Additional information can be found at the national CIG website.

For Archival Purposes Only

Maryland FY2012 CIG Program Announcement (Request for Proposals - RFP)


NRCS Field Offices, located in the USDA Service Centers in each Maryland county, can provide additional details and program assistance concerning CIG eligibility requirements, practices, and payments.

Program Contact

Mikel Williams
Farm Bill Program Specialist
Phone: 443.482.2923