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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

The deadline for New Mexico CIG applications for fiscal year 2021 is APRIL 20, 2021.

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 $50,000 for fiscal year 2021. The funding floor for a single award is $5,000 and the funding ceiling for a single award is $50,000.

Please read the New Mexico Notice of Funding for information on how to apply for the state CIG. Applications must address at least one of the state priorities listed in the NOF. New Mexico is offering a lower match requirement for projects that benefit historically underserved customers.

The New Mexico State CIG notice of program funding is posted in “Grants.govunder opportunity number USDA-NRCS-NM-CIG-21-NOFO0001061. Proposals must be submitted through Grants.gov Workspace. Please follow the instructions in the notice of funding. A de minimis agreement must be submitted if a de minimis rate is being requested.

Funded New Mexico CIG Projects 

  • Quivira Coalition: Comparing organic matter amendments in dry rangeland environment
  • Center of Excellence: Short Duration/High intensity grazing and its effects on vegetation and soil health in southeastern New Mexico
  • Playa Lakes Joint Venture: A Groundwater Recharge Calculator for Restoration Practices on Playa Wetlands
  • Quivira Coalition: Building Farmer and Rancher capacity to support soil health in New Mexico
  • New Mexico State University: Improving soil health and ecosystem services through circular grass buffers strips, cover cropping and crop diversification in New Mexico
  • New Mexico State University: Strategies for soil and water conservation and sustainable forage corn production system: cutting height, row spacing and forage quality considerations
  • 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
(505) 761-4419
athena.cholas@usda.gov