Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
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 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.
Conservation Innovation Grant Opportunities within Oklahoma - **NEW**
Application Deadline April 30, 2012
January 20, 2012 - NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State
Conservationist, Ronald L. Hilliard announced the availability of approximately
$150,000 in fiscal year 2012 to fund projects designed to stimulate the
development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies
through its State level Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.
The State level CIG program will provide opportunities for producers and
organizations that might not compete effectively at the National level. NRCS
will use these competitive grants to seek creative solutions to assist producers
with emerging and traditional agricultural and natural resource issues. These
emerging issues include energy conservation, specialty crops, and new methods of
tackling climate change. The grants also will fund solutions to improve water,
soil and air quality, improve nutrient management, and enhance wildlife habitat.
The State level CIG program provides competitive grants to
federally-recognized Indian tribes, state and local units of governments,
non-governmental organizations and individuals. CIG funds one-to-three year
projects that target innovative on-the-ground conservation, including pilot
projects and field demonstrations. The maximum federal contribution for each
project is $75,000 at the state level. The $150,000 in State level CIG funding
will be used to address six subcategories:
and Environmental Health of grazingland
The following document requires
CIG FY-2012 Announcement for Program Funding (PDF; 67KB)
Additional Information and Links
national NRCS CIG
website has additional program information, fact sheets, forms, and links
for the CIG application process. This site also provides information on all
previously funded projects by the year in which they received funding.
Each fiscal year, funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, will be
awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process from all eligible
non-federal government or nongovernment organizations or individuals, including
federally recognized tribes. CIG competitions will
emphasize projects that have a goal of providing benefits over a large
geographic area. These projects may be watershed-based, regional, multi-State,
or nationwide in scope. Applications should describe the use of innovative
technologies or approaches, or both, to address a natural resource conservation
concern or concerns. The natural resource concerns eligible for funding through
CIG will be identified in the funding announcement, and may change annually.
Applications are evaluated by a technical peer review panel and scored against
criteria identified in the funding notice. Scored and ranked applications will
be forwarded to an NRCS Grant Review Board. The Grant Review Board will make
recommendations for project approval to the NRCS Chief. Final selections will be
made by the Chief. Awards will be made through a grant agreement. At least 50
percent of the total cost of the project must come from non-Federal matching
funds (cash and in-kind contributions) provided by the grantee. The grantee also
is responsible for providing the technical assistance required to successfully
complete the project. NRCS will provide technical oversight for each project
receiving an award.
CIG is not a research program. Instead, it is a vehicle to stimulate the
adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied
sufficiently to indicate a likelihood of success, and are likely candidates for
eventual technology transfer. CIG will fund projects targeting innovative on-the
ground conservation, including pilot projects and field demonstrations.
Technologies and approaches that are commonly used in the geographic area
covered by the application, and which are eligible for funding through EQIP, are
not eligible for funding through
CIG. Proposed projects must conform to the description of innovative
conservation projects or activities published in the funding notice.
CIG applications will be accepted from State or local units of government,
Federally recognized Tribes, non-governmental organizations, and individuals.
Applications will be accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area (Puerto
Rico and the Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Basin Area (Guam, American Samoa,
and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Proposed projects must
involve EQIP-eligible producers. Funding for CIG is made available through the
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). All proposed CIG projects must
involve EQIP-eligible producers. CIG funds that are used to provide direct or
indirect payments to individuals or entities to implement structural, vegetative
or management practices are subject to the EQIP payment limitation.