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2017 CIG National Funding Awards

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“The Conservation Innovation Grant program is an example of government at its best, providing seed money to help spur cutting-edge projects. This year’s competition resulted in an impressive array of proposals that will ultimately benefit the people who grow our food and fiber.” - NRCS Acting Chief Leonard Jordan

On June 8, 2017, the NRCS announced that the agency will award more than $22.6 million to 33 projects nationwide through its competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program in 2017.  The 2017 CIG awards bring the total NRCS investment to nearly $286.7 million for 711 projects since 2004.  Read the full announcement.

The 2017 CIG projects focus on conservation finance and pay-for-success models to stimulate conservation adoption; data analytics for natural resources; water management technologies and approaches; and historically underserved farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners. Download a list of the 2017 CIG projects.

CLICK HERE to explore the 2017 CIG projects in our interactive map.

2017 CIG Project Map Screenshot