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USDA Announces Availability-$12.5 million Nationally in Conservation Innovation

USDA recently announced it is investing up to $12.5 million nationally to help support the adoption of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. NRCS is accepting proposals through July 30, 2019. CIG projects inspire creative problem-solving that boosts production on farms and private forests - ultimately, they improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat. All U.S.-based non-federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply.

“Conservation Innovation Grants enable partners to co-invest with NRCS on the next generation of agricultural conservation solutions,” said Connecticut NRCS State Conservationist Thomas L. Morgart. “Conservation Innovation Grants have helped spur new tools and technologies to conserve natural resources, build resilience in their operations, and improve their bottom lines, and we’re excited to see what these proposals will offer.”


National CIG

CIGs support the development and field testing, on-farm research and demonstration, evaluation, or implementation of conservation technologies, practices, and systems and approaches to incentivizing conservation adoption. Grantees must match the CIG investment at least one-to-one.

The 2019 CIG priorities are:

  • Increasing the pace and scale of conservation adoption
  • Water quantity
  • Pollinator habitat
  • Urban agriculture

The complete funding announcement information can be accessed through the Conservation Innovation Grants webpage. The National CIG program supports early pilot projects or demonstrations of promising conservation approaches.

The national CIG program is distinct from the $25 million announced on May 15 for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials, which is a new component created by the 2018 Farm Bill. On-Farm Trials include a Soil Health Demo Trial.

Applications for the national CIG must be submitted through by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on July 30, 2019. A webinar for potential applicants is scheduled for 12:00 PM Eastern Time on June 11, 2019. Information on how to participate in the webinar is posted on the CIG website.


State CIG

NRCS is also offering statewide CIG competitions (award maximum of $75,000) in Connecticut. Projects must be within the state and may be area-based or statewide in scope. Applications for Connecticut’s state CIG are due June 14, 2019. Learn more.