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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.

Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) (funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals. CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns.

CIG benefits agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations.

National CIG Information and FY2013 Awardees

  • National Network of Forest Practitioners (MS, AL, GA) $399,200- Peer-Based Outreach to Underserved Landowners in the Black Belt for Longleaf Restoration and Prescribed Fire

  • U. S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (SC, AL, NC) $700,000 Demonstrating Transferable Sustainable Forestry Technologies, Outreach, Landowner Support Systems, Capital, and Market Access to Conserve Land for Socially Disadvantaged and Limited Resource Landowners in the Southeast


Success Stories

NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant Helps Sandra Simone, a Rural Producer, with Solar Power (Dec. 10)


Steve Musser, ASTC-Programs, 334-887-4503