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Funding Opportunities

Active funding announcements will be posted on and the CIG homepage.

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Systems Access for CIG Applicants:

eAuthorization: Starting in 2021, individuals and organizations interested in applying for a CIG Classic or On-Farm Trials opportunity must obtain level 2 eAuthentication permissions. This process can be lengthy and we strongly encourage applicants to begin eAuth process as soon as possible to minimize the possibility of the eAuth process creating a roadblock to CIG application submission. Details on how to apply for eAuth can be found at

Programs Portal Account: Potential applicants must also request access to the NRCS Programs Portal. This process typically takes a few business days. During this process NRCS must verify a users’ eAuth permissions and during high volume periods it may take over a week. After you have received eAuthorization, request a portal account by selecting “New Users” at:

  • Note: If you already have Portal access via another program, i.e. RCPP, you will still need to request CIG-specific access.
  • Current Programs Portal users: Once you have received access to the CIG application within the Programs Portal, you may log in at

Resources and Sample Documents

The resources and sample documents provided below are meant to serve as guides that may be helpful before, during and after the application process.

Examples of past CIG funding opportunities:

Information on CIG opportunities:

Sample grant application documents:

Web Resources

Webinar: CIG Classic for Applicants

Webinar: CIG On-Farm Trials for Applicants

Webinar: CIG and Historically Underserved Producers

Program Contact

For general inquiries about CIG, please contact us at:

Please visit the CIG homepage for the latest updates on funding opportunities and CIG-related news.