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Conservation Innovation Grants

NRCS provides funding opportunities for agriculturalists and others through various programs. 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 nongovernmental 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. NRCS administers CIG.

Announcement of Selected Projects from the Fiscal Year 2014 National Competition

Recipients of USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants will demonstrate innovative approaches to improve soil quality, air quality and water quality, conserve energy, and enhance wildlife habitat in balance with productive agricultural systems. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service administers this competitive grants program.

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Fiscal Year 2014 National Awardees (PDF, 160KB, HTML)

Press Release: Conservation Innovation Grants to help improve technologies and approaches for natural resource conservation (PDF, 73KB)

Funding Opportunity

National Competition

NRCS offers a funding opportunity to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. No national funding opportunity is available at this time.

State Competition

NRCS offers funding opportunities at the State level to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. No State funding opportunities are available at this time.

Integration Report

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Integration Report (PDF, 15 MB) - This report examines the Conservation Innovation Grants program experience to date, looking at where and how grants were awarded, project results, and the process NRCS is putting in place to evaluate, replicate, and potentially adopt the technologies and practices for widespread use.

Showcase

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CIG 5-Year Compendium (PDF, 1.9 MB)
2011 Conservation Innovation Grants Showcase (PDF, 211 KB)

Additional Information

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Conservation Innovation Grants: Fact Sheet (PDF, 42KB)
Conservation Innovation Grant Program: Key Points (PDF, 45KB)
Conservation Innovation Grant Program: Program Description (PDF, 42KB)
Conservation Innovation Grant Program: Questions and Answers (PDF, 87KB)

CIG Awards from Previous Years

To view information about all CIG projects since program inception, visit the CIG Project Search Tool page.

Every CIG recipient agrees to submit a final report to NRCS that describes the performance and results of the grant project. NRCS uses these reports to choose which technologies and approaches will be integrated into the agency’s policies, procedures, and guidelines. Final project reports and other grant products are available via the CIG Project Search Tool, including project summaries and links to recipient and project websites.

Additional reports will be added as they are evaluated by the agency’s subject-matter experts.

Program Contact
Gregorio Cruz: (202) 720-8644