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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 and On-Farm Trials

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 on the National CIG website.

The National CIG program features a sub-competition for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials). Through On-Farm Trials, NRCS and partners will collaborate to encourage the adoption of innovative practices and systems on agricultural lands. On-Farm Trials funding goes directly to partners, which in turn provide technical assistance and incentive payments to producers to implement innovative approaches on their lands. Learn more about On-Farm Trials on the On-Farm Trials website.

 Project proposals for the FY19 National CIG program are due: TBD

Project proposals for the FY19 On-Farm Trials program are due: July 15, 2019


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.

Project proposals for the FY19 Oregon CIG program are due: May 31, 2019


Resources for Oregon CIG

CIG Projects Funded In Oregon

CIG Webinar

Watch or listen to our Conservation Innovation Grants informational webinar for the latest CIG information. The webinar and slides below were presented live on April 18, 2019.

Resources Generated through CIG in Oregon

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Oregon CIG Contact

Amy Fischer, CIG Program Manager
Phone: 503-414-3292
Email: amy.fischer@or.usda.gov