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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that drive public and private sector innovation in resource conservation. Authorized by the 2002 Farm Bill, CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.

Through the NRCS CIG program, 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 leverage the federal investment by at least matching it.

NRCS understands the importance of supporting historically underserved, new and beginning and military veteran producers in farming and ranching. These producers are a part of the fabric of American agriculture and our communities. Annually, a portion of CIG funding is set aside for projects that support these producers.

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.

FY2018 National CIG Funding Opportunity

A CIG funding notice is announced each year. Funds for single- or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, are awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process. Projects may be watershed-based, regional, multi-state or nationwide in scope. The natural resource concerns eligible for funding through CIG are identified in the funding announcement and may change annually to focus on new and emerging, high priority natural resource concerns.

On Dec. 18, 2017, NRCS announced that up to $10 million is available for the national component of CIG in 2018. The deadline for applications is Feb. 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The full application package, including all necessary forms and instructions and submission information, is on

Applicants may also visit the CIG applicants page for additional help in preparing applications.
Watch this webinar for 2018 CIG applicants to learn more about the program and application process. (60 minutes long)

FY2018 National CIG Application Information

The Announcement for Program Funding (APF) and application package can be found at

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:  10.912

Funding Opportunity:  USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CIG-001

National CIG Website:

Click Here to Access NRCS National Conservation Innovation Grant Homepage.

National CIG Contact Information

FY 2018 State CIG Component

The PIA will be offering a state level CIG opportunity.  The high priority areas for PIA include:

  1. Soil Health
  2. Grazing Lands
  3. Organic Production
  4. Agroforestry

The PIA CIG Announcement of Program Funding (APF) will be released through  All pertinent application information will be released through and found on  The ADF was posted on 3/12/2018 and will close on 5/11/2018.

Additional Information

Pacific Islands Area Projects

Pacific Islands Area CIG Contact:

Adam Reed
Conservation Agronomist
Phone: (808) 600-2938