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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) promote the development and adoption of innovative conservation technologies and approaches while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.  Under CIGs, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental entities.  All proposed CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers.

CIGs enables the Natural Resources Conservation Service (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 most pressing natural resource concerns.

LATEST: NRCS-Maine is announcing the availability of a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Information on USDA-NRCS-ME-CIG-20-NOFO0001101 may be found at this link on

Applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the state of Maine. A total of up to $250,000 is available for the MaineCIG competition in FY 2021. All non-federal entities (NFE) and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY 2021 is $75,000. 

APPLICATIONS DUE DATE: Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 21, 2021.

SUBMISSIONSApplications must be submitted electronically through In addition, a PDF of the complete application must be emailed to Submissions must be received by the time and date due. Late submissions will not be reviewed or considered. The agency will rely on system generated date and time receipt documentation for submission made both via and e-mail to determine whether applications meet the submission deadline.

CIG Factsheet (pdf)

Funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, will be awarded through a statewide competitive grant process.

Learn about some of our successful CIG projects:

Contact Person:  Tony Jenkins, State Resource Conservationist, (207) 990-9557 or email