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.
The Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2020 – Missouri, Opportunity Number USDA-NRCS-MO-CIG-20-GEN0010780, has been posted to Grants.gov and is open for applications through June 2, 2020. 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.
Applications must be submitted electronically through the grants.gov website by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Central Standard Time/10:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on June 2, 2020. Application receipt date and time will be determined by the respective system-generated documentation of receipt date and time. In addition, a PDF of the complete application must be emailed to Jessica.Phillips@usda.gov.
The 2020 CIG application process is available here.