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Release No.: 017.20

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Athens, GA, April 23, 2020 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announces up to $150,000 of funding available in Georgia for eligible individuals, local and state governments, non-governmental organizations and tribes through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).

The deadline to submit an application for CIG is 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time on May 30, 2020.  The full funding opportunity can be viewed here or on by searching for the funding opportunity number: USDA-NRCS-GA-CIG-20-NOFO0001005.

“Conservation Innovation Grants are critical for developing science, technology and innovative tools to address natural resource concerns on Georgia’s private working lands,” said State Conservationist Terrance O. Rudolph. “Our CIG partners deliver new approaches and technologies to help farmers, ranchers and private forest landowners implement innovative conservation on their lands.”

About the Program

CIG awards are intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies (in conjunction with agricultural production) while leveraging federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection. Projects must be carried out entirely within Georgia and may be statewide in scope or focus on a smaller region or watershed.

Applicants submitting proposals may request up to $75,000 of matching federal funds. Applicants must match the Federal award at least 1:1. Matching funds can be cash, in-kind or a combination of both.

CIG projects must involve Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) eligible producers. The CIG priority for FY20 in Georgia is focusing on Soil Health Management Systems. 

More Information

To learn more about Conservation Innovations Grants, visit the 2020 Announcement of Program Funding or visit the CIG webpage.

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with NRCS, Farm Service Agency, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at