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
NRCS in Maryland funded two proposals in FY14 to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas for integrating conservation planning and improving phosphorus management to benefit soil health and water quality in the State.
Cecil Soil Conservation District received $75,000 to document and demonstrate the benefits of incorporating enhanced agronomic practices and storm water structural practices into comprehensive resource management conservation plans on farmsteads. Cecil County landowners seeking to implement complete Resource Management Conservation Plans will receive technical assistance and enhanced planning to address soil health, nutrient management, roof runoff system management, storm water management and/or pasture management for agricultural construction impacts that can be coordinated through their corresponding soil conservation and water quality plans.
Maryland Department of Agriculture also received a $75,000 grant to demonstrate the benefits of using a passive filter system to remove phosphorous from dairy manure before it is applied to cropland. MDA and partners will work with a dairy operation in the Choptank River watershed to implement the innovative manure management strategy.
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. Additional information can be found at the national CIG website.
Farm Bill Program Specialist