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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

The New Mexico state deadline for applications for fiscal year 2019 is MAY 28, 2019.
New Mexico NRCS is requesting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted for projects located in New Mexico only.  Eligible applicants are individuals, non-federal government and non-government organizations for projects between one and three years in duration.

New Mexico will fund up to $75,000 for fiscal year 2019. The funding floor for a single award is $5,000 and the funding ceiling for a single award is $75,000.

Please read the NM Notice of Funding for information on how to apply. Applications must address at least one of the state priorities listed in the NOF.

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NM State CIG 2019 Notice of Funding (NOF) (PDF; 117 KB)

The New Mexico State CIG notice of program funding will be posted on “” and proposals must be submitted through Workspace. Search for NM CIG or CDFA 10.912.

More information on completing the application materials, examples of funded projects and what is required of grantees is found in the New Grantee Guide- NM CIG (PDF; 6 MB) and End of Project Grantee Guidance (PDF; 237 KB)  

Past New Mexico CIG Projects




  • Remote Well Solutions / Propane generator/automated monitoring technology demonstration
  • Elephant Butte Irrigation District / Low head hydro-electric power generation on irrigation canals demonstration
  • McKinley and Lea SWCD's / No-till drill demonstrations
  • Jornada RC&D / Stream Barb demonstration on Palomas Creek, a dry arroyo
  • Rio Grande Community Farms / Drip irrigation and organic farming demonstration
  • NMSU Clovis Experiment Station / No-till/minimum tillage demonstration
  • Jarrett Dairies / Combined anaerobic digestion and wetland treatment of dairy waste
  • Canada Alamosa / Constructed Log Jams
  • NMSU / Adapting Planting and Harvesting Methods for Corn Silage to Increase Field Residue

Program Contact:

Athena Cholas
Resource Conservationist
100 Sun Avenue N.E., Suite 602
Albuquerque, NM 87109-3434
(505) 761-4419 voice
(855) 538-6003 fax