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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.

Funding Opportunity

National Competition

NRCS is offering 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. The funding opportunity is now available. The application period will close Feb. 24, 2015.

FY 2015 CIG Announcement for Program Funding (PDF, 483 KB)

Additional materials for potential applicants.

A webinar for potential applicants will be hosted on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 1 pm EST.

  • https://www.connectmeeting.att.com
  • Meeting Number - 8888449904
  • Access Code: 8496135

Call in to 1-888-844-9904 and use participant access code 8496135#

All questions will be taken via the webinar interface in order to deliver the best audio quality.

Note: No prior registration is required, but checking equipment and software functionality prior to the beginning of the scheduled event is recommended. If more than one participant from the same location is planning on attending, please conserve lines for others by calling in as a group.

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. Information on State funding opportunities will be provided as they are announced.

Integration Report

The document below requires Adobe Acrobat Reader:

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

The documents below require Adobe Acrobat Reader:

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

Additional Information

The documents below require Adobe Acrobat Reader:

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
nrcscig@wdc.usda.gov