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Conservation Innovation Grants

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CIG at a Glance

  • Authorized by: 2002 Farm Bill
  • First Grants Awarded: 2004
  • Annual Funding average: $20 Million
  • Total Grants Awarded since 2004 (national component): 634
  • Total CIG Funding since 2004: $237 Million

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.

Through CIG, NRCS partners with public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adopt promising technologies. These new technologies and approaches address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resources concerns. CIG benefits agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations.  

CIG Funding Opportunities


National Competition

NRCS is piloting a concentrated approach for awarding CIGs to address the nation’s top natural resource priorities. This new approach allows NRCS to aggressively impact the natural resource areas of critical concern. The CIG focus for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 is Water Quality and Conservation Finance.

In keeping with NRCS’s mission of “Helping People Help the Land”, 10 percent of CIG funding will be set aside for projects benefitting historically underserved producers, farmers or ranchers who are military veterans, or organizations comprised of or representing these individuals.

The application period is now open through May 10, 2016. Please review the 2016 CIG Announcement for Program Funding (APF) for application requirements. 

Applications for CIG projects must be submitted through with a PDF to

2016 Conservation Innovation Grant Proposal Question and Answer Opportunity

An audio only question and answer session will be held on April 26, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Eastern to allow prospective applicants the opportunity to ask general questions related to the 2016 Conservation Innovation Grants.

The call in numbers are:
USA Toll free: 1-888-844-9904
USA caller paid: 1-816-423-4261
Access code: 6651742

If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact Mike Bennett at (202) 720-1895 or

State Competition

The CIG state component emphasizes projects that benefit a limited geographical area. Participating states will announce their funding availability for CIG competitions through their state NRCS offices. For additional information about State CIG competitions, please contact your State NRCS office or search for the latest postings here.

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2015 CIG Awards (PDF, 135 KB)
CIG Fact Sheet (PDF, 280 KB)
CIG Congressional Report(PDF, 916 KB)
Top 10 CIG Stories (PDF, 1.3 MB)

Program Contact
Mike Bennett, CIG Program Manager (202) 720-1895
Melleny Cotton, Program Analyst (202) 720-7412