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Conservation Innovation Grants

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 funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

CIG enables 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. NRCS administers CIG.


FY 2021 Rhode Island State Conservation Innovation Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity

Projects or activities under CIG must comply with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws and regulations throughout the duration of the project; and

  • Use a technology or approach that was studied sufficiently to indicate a high probability for success;
  • Demonstrate, evaluate, and verify the effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability of natural resource conservation technologies and approaches in the field;
  • Adapt and transfer conservation technologies, management, practices, systems, approaches, and incentive systems to improve performance and encourage adoption;
  • Introduce proven conservation technologies and approaches to a geographic area or agricultural sector where that technology or approach is not currently in use.

For FY 2021, NRCS accepts proposals that address one or more of the State priorities listed below.

  • Aquatic Resources and Wildlife
  • Urban Farms
  • Water Quality and Quantity
  • Soil Health
  • Improved Energy Efficiency

The NRCS CIG Notice of Funding Opportunity (NFO), Opportunity Number USDA-NRCS-RI-CIG-21-NOFO0001075, has been posted to Grants.gov and is open for applications through May 18, 2021.  The opportunity can be found easily on Grants.gov through the basic search criteria by using the opportunity number, or by searching the CFDA of 10.912.  It can also be found by filtering for All Department of Agriculture.


Rhode Island CIG program contact:

Joseph Bachand, State Conservation Innovation Grants Program Manager
USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service
60 Quaker Lane, Suite 40, Warwick, RI 02886-0181
(401) 822-8818
joseph.bachand@ri.usda.gov