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Conservation Innovation Grants

Caribbean Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)- A roller-crimper terminates sunflower cover crop in St. Croix, USVI.USDA Seeks New Proposals for National On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trial & Soil Health Demonstration Grants in 2020

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting proposals through May 11, 2020 for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), now in its second year. On-Farm Trials, part of the agency’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program, help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural land.

Newly authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill, On-Farm Trials supports more widespread adoption of innovative approaches, practices and systems on working lands. On-Farm Trials projects feature collaboration between NRCS and partners to implement on-the-ground conservation activities and then evaluate their impact. Incentive payments are provided to producers to offset the risk of implementing innovative approaches. The Soil Health Demo Trial (SHD) component of On-Farm Trials focuses exclusively on implementation of conservation practices and systems that improve soil health. Eligible entities receiving SHD awards agree to follow consistent soil health assessment protocols to evaluate the impacts of practice and system implementation. Learn more about On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials.

2019 Caribbean Area CIG Announcement of Program Funding (APF)

In March 2019, Caribbean Area NRCS announced the availability of up to $300,000 in FY 2019 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding for the Caribbean Area to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications were accepted for projects in the Caribbean Area: Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands only. Applications were requested from eligible government agencies, non-governmental organizations or individuals. CIG funds single and multi-year projects, not to exceed 3 years (anticipated project start date of September 30, 2019). Funds are awarded through a competitive process; the maximum award amount for any project could not exceed $75,000 in FY 2019. The grant proposal submission deadline was May 31, 2019.

The complete 2019 Caribbean Area CIG Request for Applications was posted on, opportunity number USDA-NRCS-PR-CIG-19-GEN0010086. Electronic applications must be sent through Additional information was provided in our CIG Applicant Information Conference Call held from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. April 26, 2019. Please visit the 2019 Caribbean Area CIG page for more details.

2019 Caribbean Area CIG Awardees - NEW!

In September 2019, Caribbean Area NRCS awarded $238,515 in FY 2019 State Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs) to 2 projects in Puerto Rico to develop and demonstrate cutting‐edge conservation in the Caribbean Area. The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Field with Sunn Hemp (Crotolaria juncea) cover crop in flower.The 2019 Caribbean Area CIG awardees are:

  • Joaquin Chong for the project, "Validate the use of walk-behind tractor technology at varied terrain slopes, to validate the use of a rotary plow to establish an underground waterline to provide crop irrigation" ($43,980.00).
  • Diego Piñeiro for the project, "To validate, demonstrate and educate underserved, limited resources land users in easy to establish and environmentally friendly techniques for soil erosion control and bioengineering practices in steeplands" ($50,000.00).

Previous Years' CIG Awardees

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Plantains with a Canavalia ensiformis cover crop.