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Conservation Innovation Grants

Rhode Island Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

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 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.

The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service of Rhode Island (USDA NRCS) is accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Up to $75,000 is anticipated to be awarded through a competitive grants process statewide for Rhode island.

Funds will be awarded through a two-phase statewide competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process.  The full proposal process will only be open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by NRCS.  Only pre-proposals are being solicited at this time.

Nine CIG categories are available in Rhode Island: Soil Health; Aquatic Resources; Economics; Organic Operation Technologies; Wildlife; Water Quantity; Nutrient Management and Water Quality; Energy; Environment; Wildlife; and CIG Projects Assessment. Applications are requested from eligible government or non-government organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration. Applications will only be considered for projects in Rhode Island.

Applications for the pre-proposals must be received in the NRCS Office in Warwick, RI by 4:30 PM on June 29, 2015.  NRCS will announce selected pre-proposals applications by July 10, 2015.  Selected applicants will then be required to submit a full proposal package to NRCS by 4:30 PM on August 3, 2015.

Applications must be sent or delivered to: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grants Program, 60 Quaker Lane, Suite 46, Warwick, RI 02886-0181 or may be submitted electronically through the Web site or through E-mail to

To complete an application, please select the following link and under the Search section, select Search by Funding Opportunity Number, then input USDA-NRCS-RI-15-01 for additional information.

For more information, you may contact Joseph Bachand, CIG Program Manager at 401-822-8818 or by E-mail at

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FY 2015 CIG News Release (PDF, 23 KB)