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Conservation Innovation Grants

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The 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 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 Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. The NRCS administers CIG.

There are two separate opportunities to apply for the CIG program:

National CIG

Competitive grants for Federal match to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies on agricultural lands.  Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, institutions of higher education, or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. Information regarding the National CIG program can be found at: National CIG grant program.

 Project proposals for the FY18 National CIG program are due February 26, 2018.


State CIG

Competitive grants for Federal match, to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies on agricultural lands in Oregon. Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations, institutions of higher education, or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration.

The due date for FY18 Oregon CIG Program project proposals is April 6, 2018.


Resources for Oregon CIG

CIG Projects Funded In Oregon

CIG Webinar

The following webinar was recorded in 2016, however, all content is applicable to the current 2018 CIG Program.

Resources Generated through CIG in Oregon

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Oregon CIG Contact

Mike Merrill, Oregon NRCS CIG Program Manager (acting)
Phone: (503) 414-3237
Email: michael.merrill@or.usda.gov