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NRCS Oregon is Now Accepting Proposals for 2021 Conservation Innovation Grants

Release No.: 2021-03-002

Amy Fischer, Farm Bill Specialist


NRCS Oregon is Now Accepting Proposals for 2021 Conservation Innovation Grants
Applications due May 7, 2021

PORTLAND, Ore., March 9, 2021  – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced up to $150,000 of funding is available in Oregon for eligible individuals, local and state government, non-governmental organizations and tribes through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program.   Project proposals are due May 7, 2021. NRCS Oregon invites potential applicants to attend a CIG webinar March 25 at 10 a.m. PST.

In conjunction with agricultural production, CIG is intended to encourage the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.  Projects must be within Oregon and may be area based or state-wide in scope.

The CIG 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.

Resource concerns addressed must fall into one of the following sub-categories:  energy, air quality and atmospheric change, water quality or quantity, plant health/vigor, soil quality, and wildlife habitat.

Projects may be between one and three years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of September 1, 2021. The maximum award amount for a single award in 2021 is $100,000.

Since 2009, the Oregon CIG program has awarded over one million dollars in competitive grants. Projects include designs, inventories, management practices or eco-market approaches on various landscapes.

Oregon CIG grant application materials are available on Complete application packets must be received by 8:59 p.m., PST on May 7, 2021 through

Webinar information:
March 25, 2021 at 10 a.m. PST
Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 161 228 9915
Passcode: 428500

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Meeting ID: 161 228 9915

Questions? Contact Farm Bill Specialist Amy Fischer, 503-414-3292 or


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