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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 NRCS serving South Dakota is now calling for state level proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). The application process is through, search for “USDA-NRCS-SD.”  The closing date is June 17, 2016. NRCS SD is designating $150,000 for 2016 state level proposals with each proposal limited to a $75,000 maximum. The South Dakota CIG contact is Jay Cobb, NRCS, Huron at (605) 352-1200.

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.

The information in the archived webinar and links below may be useful for those considering submitting proposals for the national 2016 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). This year’s national application process includes an increase in the maximum award amount to $2 million, up from $1 million in 2015, and a streamlined single proposal process. Applications for national CIG projects are due by May 10, 2016.

The recording of the March 21, 2016 national “how to” CIG Webinar is available. Below is a direct link to the archived 58 minute, informative CIG Webinar.







State Program Manager
Jay Cobb, CIG Program Manager, USDA NRCS South Dakota, 200 Fourth Street SW, Huron, SD  57350
Phone: 605-352-1260 | Email:

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