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Funding Available for Conservation Innovation Grants in Vermont

Joe Buford, State Resource Conservationist

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COLCHESTER, Vermont (March 31, 2022) – Up to $550,000 in Federal grant funding is available in Vermont for the development of innovative conservation approaches and technologies through the USDA-administered Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Grant proposals are due by April 8, 2022.

Complete information on this opportunity can be found online at: USDA-NRCS-VT-CIG-22-NOFO0001133.

Funded through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), CIG helps 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 (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into government technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector.

CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. This year’s state priorities for USDA-NRCS-VT-CIG-22-NOFO0001133 are:

  • Water Quality
  • Soil Health
  • Urban Agriculture and Climate Smart Agriculture
  • Forestry and Wildlife Habitat

Applications must be submitted electronically through For those new to the system, there are several preliminary steps required before an application can be submitted. To register in the system, go to, click on “Applicants”, then click on “Get Registered.” All non-Federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. The CIG requires applicants to supply at least a 50-50 match.

Visit the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants site for more details on CIGs.

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