Conservation Innovation Grants

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 South Dakota's most pressing natural resource concerns.  The CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with federal, State, and local regulations.  South Dakota NRCS administers state CIG.  Fiscal Year 2013 state CIG program proposals are currently being developed.

News Releases

The following document requires Microsoft Word.

State Level Conservation Innovation Grants Available for South Dakota (DOC; 77 KB)

Application Materials

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, or Microsoft Word.

Application for Federal Assistance - Standard Form 424 (PDF; 93 KB)
Budget Information - Standard Form 424C (PDF; 119 KB)
DUNS Number Application Information
Central Contractor Registry
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Fact Sheet  (PDF; 46 KB)
Limited Resource Producer Fact Sheet (PDF; 46 KB)

2013 SD Grant Timeline - Coming Soon

Activity Date
Announcement of Program Funding (APF)  
Pre-proposal Application Due Date  
Notification to Successful Applicant(s) to Submit Full Proposal  
Full Proposal Application Due Date  
Application Review Process  
Final Recommendations to State Conservationist  
Grant Approval Notification or Denials  
Grant Agreement Obligations and Approvals  
Approved Grant Agreement Implementation According to Grant Agreement
Grant Reporting Requirements According to Grant Agreement

* Date is dependent on the announcement date for the 2011 National CIG program grant awards; South Dakota CIG notification will be made soon after the National announcement.

National CIG

National CIG Page

National CIG Fact Sheet


Gerald Jasmer, State Resource Conservationist, 605-352-1234
Denise Gauer, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations, 605-352-1243