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Conservation Innovation Grants

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Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. CIG projects inspire creative problem solving that boosts production on farms, ranches, and private forests - ultimately, they improve water quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat.

National and State CIG

Public and private grantees develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges. Grantees must match the CIG investment at least one to one.

Who Is Eligible

National and State CIG – all non-Federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply. All CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers.

FY 2021 Pennsylvania CIG Funding Notice

For 2021, PA NRCS anticipates that a total of up to $225,000 will be available to fund multiple one- to three-year projects. Single projects may be eligible to receive $5,000 to $75,000 in funding. Proposals are due by March 15, 2020 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-21-NOFO0001053. After reading the synopsis, select the Related Documents TAB and click on USDA-NRCS-PA-CIG-21-NOFO0001053. 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 2021:

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

If you have questions related to the announcement or this program, contact: Ashley Lenig at 717-237-2204

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: