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Sample Documents

The sample documents provided below are to assist applicants in developing the project description and budget presentation for the CIG application.  These samples are provided as guides, they are not required formats; they simply show how budget information can be presented.  Please carefully read the first page of each document for further details about budget format.

Project Description


Frequently Asked Questions

FY 2016 CIG FAQs (PDF, 79 KB)

Webinar Presentation for Potential Applicants

The link and slides for the Webinar hosted on March 21, 2016 are provided below.  Some of the topics discussed in this webinar include: The purpose of CIG, the 2016 Announcement for Program Funding, the application submission and review process.

Webinar Presentation Slides: FY 2016 CIG AFP Webinar Presentation (PDF, 1 MB)
Potential Applicants may listen to webinar:
Webinar Transcripts: FY 2016 CIG AFP Webinar Transcript (PDF, 54 KB)
Webinar Questions and Answers: FY 2016 CIG Webinar Questions and Answers (PDF, 60 KB)

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

Presentation on Successful Grant Writing

Do's and Don'ts of Grant Writing - Gladys Gary Vaughn, USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (PDF, 204 KB)

Application Forms

Application Forms - Click link to access the following forms.                                                         

SF-424   -- Application for Federal Assistance
SF-424A -- Budget Information-Non-Construction Programs
SF-424B -- Assurance-Non Construction Programs

Website Links


Grant Regulations

2 CFR Part 200
Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards

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


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