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For more information about the current CIG application period, please watch the webinar linked here: March 31 webinar

The Conservation Innovation Grant program (CIG) is a voluntary program administered by NRCS to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection is leveraged 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. The grants require a 50-50 match between the agency and the applicant.

CIG is offered as both a nationwide and a state program.

  • Information about the national CIG component is provided on the national NRCS website.
  • The CIG program has a search feature available on the national website. The search tool shows all past awarded projects and can be searched by keyword or resource concern.

New Jersey announces funding opportunities for the state component of CIG on every other year. The CIG State Component offers eligible entities the opportunity to apply for grants for eligible projects within the state. For FY2022, the minimum award amount for a single proposal is $75,000 and the maximum award amount is $275,000. Interested applicants may review the prior year funded projects to get an idea of the types of projects funded.

Ag Choice, 2006 CIG recipient 2008 CIG Award, Derwood Farms Developing Science-Based Pollinator Restoration Protocols for use in Farm Bill Conservation Programs, 2009 CIG Rutgers


Contact: Evan Madlinger, State Resource Conservationist, 732-537-6054 or