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cig-fy2014The 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.

For FY17, a portion of Oregon CIG grants will focus specifically on forest health. Called CIG: Forest Stand Resiliency, these grants will help develop and promote adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technology related to forest health such as fire management, assessing forest health on private lands or developing conservation strategies to promote forest stand resiliency against weather extremes.

The due date for FY18 Oregon CIG Program project proposals is coming soon.


Resources for Oregon CIG:

Archived Oregon CIG Information

FY 2017 Oregon CIG
FY 2016 Oregon CIG
FY 2015 Oregon CIG

FY 2014 Oregon CIG
 

Oregon CIG Contact

Todd Peplin, Oregon NRCS CIG Program Manager
Phone: (503) 414-3292
Email: todd.peplin@or.usda.gov