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  2013 CIG

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maryland is announcing the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. This notice announces the availability of up to $300,000 for support of this program in FY 2013. These funds are in addition to up to $25 million dollars of funds that may be available through the national CIG grants program.

The Current Closing Date for Applications is August 21, 2013.  Applicants will be required to submit a full proposal package to NRCS Maryland  by 2 pm, EST on August 21, 2013.  

To view the full announcement:

The web address is  Type “MD CIG” in the search engine.  There are instructions for applying for grants on the website that must be followed accordingly.

The Funding Opportunity # is USDA-NRCS-MD-13-001

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 or

Additional information can be found at the National CIG Program Information site

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