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Conservation Innovation Grants

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Conservation Innovation GrantsThe Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are USDA matching grants to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production.  CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers.  CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.

Fiscal Year 2019 Pennsylvania CIG Notice of Funding Opportunity

Pennsylvania NRCS is making available $250,000 for CIG in 2019. The deadline for applications is July 7, 2019 at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Saving Time.

To read the announcement and submit a proposal, go to and search for Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-PA-CIG-19-GEN0010130. After reading the synopsis, select the Related Documents TAB and click on USDA-NRCS-PA-CIG-19-GEN0010130.  The announcement gives you the available categories and explains how to apply. All non-Federal entities (NFE) and individuals, with the exception of Federal agencies, are eligible to apply. The entire project must be carried out in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania CIG Priority Categories for FY 2019:

1) Non-Industrial Private Forestland
2) Urban Agriculture
3) Soil Health

If you have questions related to the announcement or this program, contact: Noel Soto at 717-237-2173

The following is a list of useful forms and guidance documents for grantees:

Form Number

Form Information

Form Description

File  Size Location (website)



 Federal Financial Report



 Federal Financial Report Instructions



 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Final  
 Report Guidance



 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) -
 Progress Report

CIG in Pennsylvania - All Grants
National CIG Component
CIG Completed Project Search: