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California Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program

Conservation Innovation Grants


The Conservation Innovation Grant (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. These projects may be watershed-based, regional, or statewide in scope. The latest CIG success stories can be found on the USDA Blog.

Funding Opportunities

CIG has two competitions available in fiscal year 2018 - National and State. Program funding for National and State is separate, information on each of these opportunities can be found below.

National CIG Competition

NRCS offered 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.  Follow the link to obtain information on the National CIG Program, NRCS nationally-administered CIG grant program.

  • The application period for the National CIG competition is now closed.

California CIG Competition

Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-CA-CIG-18-01 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbe1·: 10.912, Environmental Quality Incentives Program

The intent of the CIG state component 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.

Below is the link to access the searchable prior years funded national and state CIGs projects database:

National CIG Search

California 2018 CIG Announcement

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California FY 2018 CIG Program Announcement (PDF; 2 MB)

Who May Apply

  • State and Local Government Entities
  • Tribal Entities
  • Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Individuals

Project Eligibility Information

  • Projects must involve producers who meet the EQIP eligibility requirements set forth in § 1466.6(b)(1) through (3). - EQIP Eligibility Requirements
  • Selection will be based on the FY 2018 CIG Program criteria - More Info
  • Selected applicants may receive grants of up to 50 percent of the total project cost, NOT to exceed $75,000.
  • 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

  • Applicants must submit a complete application packet, consisting of the documents listed under the, FY 2018 California Innovation Grants Application Package.
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on April 17, 2018

FY 2018 California Innovation Grants Application Package

Submit an Application

Applications MUST be submitted electronically through In addition, a PDF of the complete application must be emailed to, CA CIG Program Manager. Both submissions must be received by the submission due date, April 17, 2018. See section IV of the CIG announcement for more information regarding how to submit and application.


Erik Beardsley, State CIG Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5649

Alan Forkey, Program Manager
Phone: 530-792-5653