Conservation Innovation Grants

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Due to the holiday on May 27, 2013.

The deadline for CIG applications is being extended until May 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

CIG is a voluntary program that uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds to award competitive resource conservation grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, 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 2013, NRCS in Pennsylvania will offer a CIG State Component.  NRCS is looking for innovative on-the-ground conservation projects, including demonstrations and pilot projects. Eligible applicants may also apply for the National CIG component (see link below) but can only receive funds from one of the components. Grants funded through the Pennsylvania NRCS CIG will not receive more than $75,000.

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.

State CIG 2013 Announcement for Program Funding (PDF, 700KB)

The following is a list of FORMS needed to signup for CIG.

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 Sample




 Supplemental SF 424A Instructions




 Assurances - Non Construction Programs



 Federal Financial Report



 Federal Financial Report Instructions




 Proposal Package Checklist




 Project Summary template




 Quarterly Progress Report Template form




 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Final Project   
 Reports Guidance

National CIG Component
Grants Awarded in Pennsylvania (PDF, 72KB)


Noel Soto
Phone: (717) 237-2173