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Congratulations on your NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) award. Here, you'll find CIG program templates and forms, standard grant management forms, and other information to assist you with successful grant management. 

CIG Grantee Guide with Templates and Forms

New Grantee Guide (PDF) 

SF-270 Review Guide

SF-270 Review Guide  (PDF)

No-cost extension worksheet (PDF) - Use this form for no-cost extensions

Agreement Modification Worksheet (PDF) - Use this form for budget revisions, and changes in subcontracting plans

Changes in Key Personnel Form (PDF) – Use this form for changes in key personnel

End-of-Project Reporting

Grantee Fact Sheet - Fillable PDF Template

Payment Requests for CIG

All payment requests (SF 270) and finance reports (SF 425) for awarded projects in 2018 and after must be submitted to ezFedGrants. Awarded projects before 2018 can continue to send to NRCS email box with a copy to

Visit the post-award reporting site to download the SF 270, SF 425, and other grants management forms.


Download an Encapsulated PostScript file of the USDA-NRCS logo (EPS, 709KB)

New Grantee Orientation

New Grantee Orientation Recordings

CIG New Awardee Orientation – Introduction and Managing Your Award

To access recordings of the 2020 CIG New Awardee Orientation, please contact us at for a link.

New Grantee Orientation Slides

  1. CIG Orientation: Post Award Management (PPTX, 8.7MB)
  2. On-Farm Trials and Soil Health (PPTX, 18MB)
  3. ezFedGrants Access (PPTX, 5.2MB)
  4. ezFedGrants Claims and Reports (PPTX, 3.6MB)
  5. ezFedGrants External Roles and User Access (PPTX, 8MB)
  6. GAD-CIG Agreement Administration Training  (PPTX, 2MB)
  7. Historically Underserved Producers (PPTX, 6.2MB)
  8. Project Communications (PPTX, 18MB)

Additional Reference for New Awardees

Environmental Compliance and Cultural Resources Information

Environmental Compliance

Cultural Resources

Historically Underserved Producers

CIG proposals have special provisions for these groups of farmers and ranchers: limited resource, beginning, social disadvantaged, and veterans. See definitions below. 

Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher – The term “Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher” means a

  • With direct or indirect gross farm sales not more than the current indexed value in each of the previous two years, and
  • Who has a total household income at or below the national poverty level for a family of four, or less than 50 percent of county median household income in each of the previous two years.
  • A legal entity or joint operation can be a Limited Resource Farmer or Rancher only if all individual members independently qualify. A Self-Determination Tool is available to the public and may be completed on-line or printed and completed hardcopy at

Beginning Farmer or Rancher– The term “Beginning Farmer or Rancher” means a participant who:

  • Has not operated a farm or ranch, or who has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years. This requirement applies to all members of a legal entity, and who
  • Will materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm or ranch. In the case of a contract with an individual, individually or with the immediate family, material and substantial participation requires that the individual provide substantial day-to-day labor and management of the farm or ranch, consistent with the practices in the county or State where the farm is located. In the case of a contract made with a legal entity, all members must materially and substantially participate in the operation of the farm or ranch. Material and substantial participation requires that the members provide some amount of the management, or labor and management necessary for day-to-day activities, such that if the members did not provide these inputs, operation of the farm or ranch would be seriously impaired.

Socially Disadvantaged Farmer or Rancher- The term “Socially Disadvantaged” means an individual or entity who is a member of a socially disadvantaged group. For an entity, at least 50 percent ownership in the farm business must be held by socially disadvantaged individuals. A socially disadvantaged group is a group whose members have been subject to racial or ethnic prejudice because of their identity as members of a group without regard to their individual qualities.

These groups consist of the following:

  • American Indians or Alaskan Natives
  • Asians
  • Blacks or African Americans
  • Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders
  • Hispanics.

Note: Gender alone is not a covered group for the purposes of NRCS conservation programs. The term entities reflect a broad interpretation to include partnerships, couples, legal entities, etc.

Veteran Farmer or Rancher- The term “Veteran Farmer or Rancher” means a farmer or rancher who:

  • Served in the active military, naval, or air service, and
  • Who was first discharged or released from the service under conditions other than dishonorable within the last 10 years, and
  • Who has not operated a farm or ranch; or has operated a farm or ranch for not more than 10 consecutive years.

A legal entity or joint operation can be a Veteran Farmer or Rancher only if all individual members independently qualify.

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