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Conservation Innovation Grants

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CIG is a voluntary program that uses Environmental Quality Incentives (EQIP) Program funds to award competitive resource conservation grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals from Pennsylvania. It does not fund research projects. Instead, it is a vehicle to stimulate the development and adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a likelihood of success and to be candidates for eventual technology transfer.

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Pennsylvania Component

Domes capturing gases from cow manure that was just spread on a corn fieldFor Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, NRCS in Pennsylvania is offering a CIG State Component. NRCS is looking for innovative on-the-ground conservation projects, including demonstrations and pilot projects.

NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2016 will be up to $150,000. Individual grants funded through the Pennsylvania (PA) NRCS CIG will not receive more than $50,000. Selected applicants may receive up to 50 percent of their total project cost and at least 50 percent of the total project cost must come from non-federal matching funds (cash and in-kind contributions) provided by the grantee.

Applicants who have submitted to the National CIG component can submit a proposal for the State CIG; however, the application will only be funded from one of the two components (National or PA CIG).

State CIG 2016 Announcement for Program Funding (PDF, 193KB)

The following is a list of forms:

Form Number

Form Information

Form Description

File  Size Location (website)



 Application for Federal Assistance


 Instructions for the SF-424



 Budget Information - Non Construction Programs



 SF-424A Template

 Supplemental SF 424A Instructions



 Assurances - Non Construction Programs



 Federal Financial Report



 Federal Financial Report Instructions




 Project Summary Template




 Quarterly Progress Report Template




 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Final Project  Reports Guidance

National CIG Component
Grants Awarded in Pennsylvania (PDF, 360KB)


Noel Soto
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