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NRCS Seeks Proposals for 2018 Maryland Conservation Grants

Annapolis, May 7, 2018 - USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Maryland has announced that funding is available in 2018 for the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

This year, Maryland NRCS will offer Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding for projects within the state that focus on innovative technology or methods for water quality or nitrogen management, environmental health and productivity of grazing land, and soil health and regenerative agriculture. Innovative approaches that manage and optimize nutrient management to reduce downstream nutrient loads and maintain agricultural productivity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are also strongly encouraged.

These grants will be awarded for projects between one and three years’ duration with individual awards not exceeding $75 thousand. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology. CIG does not fund research projects or those intended to formulate hypotheses.

Entities and individuals, including state and local units of government, and non-governmental organizations from Maryland, who are interested in applying for these competitive grants must submit a completed application before 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on June 15, 2018.

Applications must be submitted electronically by visiting and clicking on the “Apply for Grants” link. The Maryland application number is USDA-NRCS-MD-CIG-18-01. Contact the NRCS Grants Management Specialist with questions or if you have any problems:

Diane M. Georgetta
Phone: (608) 662-4422 ext 220

More information about the CIG Announcement of Program Funding can be found at and on the Maryland NRCS webpage at