Conservation Innovation Grants

2005 CIG recipient Cook College Equine Science Center at Rutgers UniversityThe Conservation Innovation Grant program (CIG) is a voluntary program administered by NRCS to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection is leveraged 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. The grants require a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant.

CIG is offered as both a nationwide and a state program.

  • Information about the national CIG component is provided on the national NRCS website.
  • The CIG program has a search feature available on the national website. The search tool shows all past awarded projects and can be searched by keyword or resource concern.

Come to the Conservation Innovation Grants Showcase!

When: January 15, 2015, 10 am to noon

Location: Watershed Environmental Center - Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association

Who should come? Prospective CIG Applicants Meeting

Topics to be covered:

  • Overview of the CIG Program
  • 2015 Funding for CIG
  • Conservation Focus Areas and Needs for 2015
  • Previously-funded NJ CIG Projects

Presentations from leaders of 3 projects

  • Mapping Priority Areas for Pollinator Habitat Creation and Identification of Barriers to Implementation
  • Analyzing Bat Guano for Agricultural Pests to Reduce Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Populations and Improve Bat Habitat on New Jersey Farms
  • APPlying New strategies to Nip Invasive Species in the Bud

Register by January 9th by contacting Greg Westfall,  732-537-6054 or

No fee, but registration is encouraged.

New Jersey announces funding opportunities for the state component of CIG on once a year after the national CIG component is announced. The CIG State Component offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for grants up to $75,000 for eligible projects within the state. Interested applicants may review the prior year funded projects and proposal requirements to get an idea of the types of projects funded.

Ag Choice, 2006 CIG recipient 2008 CIG Award, Derwood Farms Developing Science-Based Pollinator Restoration Protocols for use in Farm Bill Conservation Programs, 2009 CIG Rutgers

Gregory Westfall, Resource Conservationist (732) 537-6054