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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovative 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 awards 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 the state CIG.

South Dakota CIG

The CIG final rule describes the state component of CIG. The request for Proposals (RFP) for fiscal year 2015 CIG program announcement will be available soon from this website at the link below. The announcement describes South Dakota’s state CIG program requirements and application process. The intent of the state component is to provide flexibility to NRCS State Conservationist to target CIG funds to individual producers and smaller organizations that may possess promising innovations, but may not compete well on the larger scale of the national grants competition. The South Dakota state component of CIG is announced on this website and through public notices, separately from the national notice.


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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

National CIG

National CIG Page

National CIG Fact Sheet




Jay Cobb, Program Manager

Phone: 605-352-1260



Denise Gauer, Assistant State Conservationist for Operations

Phone: 605-352-1243