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USDA Seeks Proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants

Molly Hippensteel

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for up to $225,000 in funding to promote the development and adoption of innovative approaches for agricultural production in Pennsylvania. 

Grants will be awarded for projects between one and three years’ duration with individual awards not exceeding $75,000. State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals interested in applying for these competitive grants must submit proposals by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) April 27, 2018.

This year, NRCS is seeking proposals focused on non-industrial private forestland, urban and micro-scale agriculture, soil health, and pollinators. CIG does not fund research projects but makes an exception for on-farm conservation research as defined in the funding announcement. Projects must involve landowners who meet eligibility requirements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 

“CIGs explore on-the-ground conservation pilots and field demonstrations that can offer new opportunities for technology transfer to communities, governments and other institutions,” says NRCS State Conservationist Denise Coleman. “We have provided over $1.4 Million in funding for 24 state CIG projects since 2010, and look forward to working with our partners on the next crop of CIGs to offer Pennsylvania farmers more options for sustainable production methods.”

Applications must be submitted electronically on, and emailed in PDF format to Denise Coleman, Pennsylvania State Conservationist, at Questions about this announcement can be directed to: or (717) 237-2173.  

The CIG Announcement of Program Funding can be found here on and on the Pennsylvania CIG web page