SC Conservation Innovation Grants

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2014 Deadline is Monday, May 5, 2014.

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 entities.

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 the CIG program which requires a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant. CIG is offered as both a nationwide and a state program:

  • The CIG National Component offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $1 million. NRCS made funding available in this nationwide competition for 2013 through two CIG funding opportunities. The first ($5.4 million) focused on adaptation to drought. The deadline to submit full proposal applications was October 15, 2012. The second one ($13.3 million) focused on nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, and enhancement of wildlife habitat. The deadline to submit pre-proposal applications was March 22, 2013, and later extended to May 21, 2013. 
  • The CIG State Component offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for grants up to $75,000. This competition is limited to applications for projects within the state of South Carolina.

South Carolina applicants can apply to the National program, the State program, or both programs.

2013 South Carolina State CIG

South Carolina NRCS awarded $410,000 to Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) recipients in 2013. The grants facilitated seven projects that test and demonstrate innovative approaches to conserving private lands.

A Greenville County landowner received nearly $17,000 to develop a pilot study and demonstration site for a whole-farm drought resistant grazing system for sheep and goats.

Clemson University was awarded nearly $75,000 to help manage and reduce feral hog damage to crops, woodland, and ecosystems throughout the state. The project will use public surveys to identify lands with severe damage, implement traps, and host trainings to help educate landowners on effective feral hog management.

The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation was awarded $75,000 to assist underserved landowners in Beaufort, Berkeley, Dorchester, and Colleton counties by providing them education and resources to improve and protect their forestland.

The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District will utilize $45,000 to conduct field test on multispecies cover crops in Richland, Dillon, and Marlboro Counties. The project will also include an educational component to help farmers understand the benefits of healthy soil.

Clemson University was awarded $75,000 to assist farmers in adopting innovative soil conservation technologies and approaches for crop production to enhance soil health, environmental quality, and farm profits. This demonstration project will highlight the use of deep-rooted cover crops for eliminating hardpan layer in coastal plain soils and reducing fuel consumption.

United Farmers, USA, was awarded $50,000 to demonstrate the benefits of silvopasture to socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in South Carolina’s 5th and 6th congressional districts. The project will include on farm demonstrations. Silvopasture combines forestry and the grazing of animals in a mutually beneficial way.

The Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, SC, was awarded nearly $74,000 to establish a 10-acre pasture poultry operation at their children’s farm to improve food security at the institution, as well as provide a learning opportunity for students, and others, in the surrounding area.

2014 South Carolina State CIG Application Package Materials

If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Sabrenna Bryant at 803-765-5419.

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word

2014 SC State Component of CIG (Application)  (DOCX; 71 KB)
Standard Form 424   (PDF; 154 KB)
Instructions for Standard Form 424   (PDF; 33 KB)
Standard Form 424A   (PDF; 56 KB)
Supplemental SF 424A Instructions   (PDF; 17 KB)
Example of a completed SF 424A    (PDF; 127 KB)
Standard Form 424B   (PDF; 82 KB)
DUNS Number Application Information  (PDF; 23 KB)

For more information, please visit National CIG Homepage

Evelyn Whitesides, SC State Resource Conservationist
(803) 765-5685