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Grants available to spur innovative conservation technologies in Oregon

Apply to the Natural Resources Conservation Service by April 6


Release No. 2018-02-025

Contact: Loren Unruh, Leader for Programs

Tracy Robillard, Public Affairs Officer

PORTLAND, Ore. — (Feb. 21, 2018) — The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) announces up to $250,000 of funding available in Oregon for eligible individuals, local and state  governments, non-governmental organizations, and tribes through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.

The deadline to submit an application for CIG is April 6, 2018.

In conjunction with agricultural production, CIG is intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection.  Projects must be within Oregon and may be area-based or statewide in scope.

“The CIG program is critical for developing science, technology and innovative tools to address natural resource concerns on Oregon’s private working lands,” said State Conservationist Ronald Alvarado. “CIG helps bridge the gap between initial product development and taking that product or approach to market. The overall goal is to incorporate new innovations into NRCS technical manuals and make them available to the agricultural community.”

Applicants submitting proposals for the Oregon CIG may request up to $75,000 of matching federal funds. Applicants must provide a least 50 percent non-federal match that can be cash, in-kind or a combination of both.

The proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern in one of the following sub-categories:  energy, climate change mitigation and adaptation, water quality or quantity, plant health/vigor, soil quality, and wildlife habitat.

CIG does not fund research projects. The program is designed to aid the adoption of measures that have been sufficiently studied to indicate a high likelihood of success.

Since 2009, the Oregon CIG program has awarded over $2.3 million in competitive grants. Projects include best management practices for nurseries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, inventory protocols to assess mid serial stage forests, and wildlife habitat metrics/assessments guides. More information can be found online at:  NRCS Oregon CIG webpage.

Additional information about the 2018 CIG is provided in the Oregon CIG Announcement of Program Funding, available online at at:

Completed application packets must be received by 4:00 p.m. PST on April 6, 2018, either through or by email to with the subject line “CIG Application.” Applications may also be mailed to:

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program Manager
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 900
Portland, OR 97232

Applicants who have questions regarding the application process should contact the CIG Program Manager, Loren Unruh, at 503-414-3235, or by e-mail at


The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service provides financial and technical assistance to voluntary farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to implement conservation practices on private lands. By working collectively with partners and stakeholders, NRCS helps maintain healthy and productive working landscapes, benefitting both environmental and agricultural needs. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (Toll-free Customer Service), (800) 877-8339 (Local or Federal relay), (866) 377-8642 (Relay voice users).