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Conservation Innovation Grants

Conservation Innovative 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 South Dakota’s most pressing natural resource concerns. The CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with federal, State, and local regulations. South Dakota NRCS administers the state CIG.

South Dakota CIG

The NRCS serving South Dakota will award two new state level proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). NRCS SD designated $150,000 for FY2018 state level proposals with each proposal limited to a $75,000 maximum.

NRCS SD is announcing a new request for state proposals that must be received by April 20, 2018. Learn more at the national CIG Webpage

All opportunities for grant applications are listed on the national web site at  Click here to directly access the South Dakota CIG announcement.

State Program Manager
Jay Cobb, CIG Program Manager, USDA NRCS South Dakota, 200 Fourth Street SW, Huron, SD  57350
Phone: 605-352-1260 | Email:

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Excel, or Microsoft Word.

Application for Federal Assistance - Standard Form 424 (PDF; 93 KB)
Budget Information - Standard Form 424C (PDF; 119 KB)

National CIG

National CIG Page

National CIG Fact Sheet

Sample Executive Summary

Sample Project Description A

Sample Project Description B

Sample Budget A

Sample Budget B

Sample Budget C

SF424 - SF424A Budget Instructions