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Conservation Innovation GrantsThe Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are USDA matching grants to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production.  CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers.  CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.

Fiscal Year 2018 Pennsylvania CIG Announcement for Program Funding

Pennsylvania NRCS is making available $225,000 for CIG in 2018. The deadline for applications is April 27, 2018 at 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

To read the announcement and submit a proposal, go to GRANTS.govand scroll down in the list of CIG's until you find the Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-PA-CIG-18-001. After reading the synopsis, select the related documents TAB and click on the FULL announcement line.  The announcement gives you the available categories and explains how to apply.  To be eligible, applicants must be an Indian Tribe, State or Local unit of government, Non-governmental Organization, or Individual.  The entire project must be carried out in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania CIG Priority Categories for FY 2018:

1) Non-Industrial Private Forestland
2) Urban and micro scale agriculture (approximately 15 acres or less)
3) Soil Health
4) Pollinators

If you have questions related to the announcement or this program, contact: Noel Soto at 717-237-2173

The following is a list of useful forms and guidance documents for grantees:

Form Number

Form Information

Form Description

File  Size Location (website)



 Federal Financial Report



 Federal Financial Report Instructions



 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Final  
 Report Guidance



 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) -
 Progress Report

CIG in Pennsylvania - All Grants
National CIG Component
CIG Completed Project Search: