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Conservation Innovation Grants

The Conservation Innovation Grant program (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. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers CIG. The CIG requires a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant.

2016 CIG Funding Opportunity

State Competition

  • The application period is open through June 3, 2016, for Conservation Innovation Grant proposals through the state competition. The estimated total program funding is $500,000, with an award ceiling of $75,000. Grant awards for these projects will be between 1 and 3 years in duration.

National Competition

2015 CIG Recipient Announcements


H.R.2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014
Subtitle C—Environmental Quality Incentives Program

2014 Announcement

2013 Iowa CIG Recipients

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Projects Through the National Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program

USDA-NRCS has reserved $10 million of EQIP financial assistance (FA) to support projects where eligible producers will implement GHG benefiting conservation practices that complement and support the GHG-CIG projects. Agricultural producers located in approved CIG project areas - including Iowa - may be eligible to submit applications to help implement GHG-related conservation practices. In addition, applicants must meet producer, land, and other EQIP eligibility requirements.

More Information

For more information, please contact one of the Iowa NRCS CIG contacts listed below. Complete application package materials can be found on the Iowa NRCS website or on the national CIG webpage.

CIG Program/Technical Contact

Marty Adkins
Phone: 515-284-4370

CIG Administrative Contact (contract information, indirect costs, etc.)

Carolyn Christian
Phone: 515-284-4506