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Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG)

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National CIG Competition

  • The FY2022 National CIG Application Period will be OPEN SOON for New On-Farm Trials Applications.

NRCS will offer 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.

  • Projects may be watershed-based, regional, multi-state or nationwide in scope. The natural resource concerns eligible for funding through CIG are identified in the funding announcement and may change annually to focus on new and emerging, high priority natural resource concerns.
  • Follow the link to obtain information on the National CIG Program, and Notice of Opportunity NRCS nationally-administered CIG grant program.

California CIG Competition

The FY 2022 Application Period is OPEN for New Applications.

  • California CIG application packages are due via by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on June 1, 2022.
  • The agency anticipates making selections by June 30,2022 and expects to execute awards by August 19, 2022.
  • FY 2022 USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants competition for California presentation will be available April 27, 2022.

Available Funding in FY 2022.

  • A total of up to $400,000 is available for the California CIG competition in FY 2022.
  • Projects may be between one and three years in duration.
  • The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2022 is $150,000.

All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies.

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Individuals
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

The CIG state component emphasizes projects that benefit a limited geographical area.

  • The intent of the CIG state competition is to provide flexibility to NRCS State Conservationists 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.

Projects must involve producers who meet the EQIP eligibility requirements set forth in § 1466.6(b)(1) through (3).

  • EQIP Eligibility Requirements
  • Selected applicants may receive grants of up to 50 percent of the total project cost, NOT to exceed $150,000.
  • Applicants must provide non-Federal funding EQUAL to the amount of Federal Funds requested. Non-Federal Funds must be derived from cash and/or in-kind sources, Matching Funds must be secured at the time of application.

How To Apply

To apply, follow the requirements in the California CIG Announcement:

  • Applications MUST be submitted electronically through
  • Submissions must be received by the submission due date of June 1, 2022, by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST).
  • See section D of the CIG Notice of Funding Opportunity for more information regarding how to submit an application.
  • Required documents and instructions are available on   


Program Contact

Andrea Casey – Acting Program Manager
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Davis State Office, California
Phone: (530) 304-2124


Updated: 04/27/2022