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Maine Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Innovative Approaches and Technologies for Conservation


Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) promote the development and adoption of innovative conservation technologies and approaches while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.  Under CIGs, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental entities.  All proposed CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers.

CIGs enables the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the most pressing natural resource concerns. 

LATEST NEWS! NRCS seeks proposals for grants to improve conservation in Maine for FY18

CIG Factsheet

Funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, will be awarded through a statewide competitive grant process. 

Learn about some of our successful CIG projects:

The application period for the 2018 Conservation Innovation Grants ends April 16, 2018.

Contact Person:  Tony Jenkins, State Resource Conservationist, (207) 990-9557 or email