Conservation Innovation Grants (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. NRCS administers CIG. For more information visit the National CIG Information web site.
Nebraska Conservation Innovation Grant Opportunity
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nebraska has $150,000 available in program funding through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to help improve soil health in Nebraska. Applications must be received by NRCS before the close of business on May 16, 2014.