2016 USDA Conservation Innovation Grants – Due May 10
March 8, 2016
USDA Commits $20 Million for Conservation Innovation Grants
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making up to $20 million available nationwide for Conservation Innovation Grants. The grants are intended to lead to the development and adoption of cutting-edge conservation technologies and approaches for farmers, forest owners and other landowners.
Applications for national CIG projects are due by May 10, 2016. More information is available on the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service CIG website. This year’s application process includes two other significant changes: an increase in the maximum award amount to $2 million, up from $1 million in 2015, and a streamlined single proposal process.
Administered through NRCS, CIG is part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and is designed to focus on innovative conservation projects that promote science-based solutions to benefit both producers and the environment. Projects may include on-farm pilot projects and field demonstrations, and are funded to accelerate the transfer and adoption of promising technologies to landowners in order to address critical natural resource concerns.
In 2016, USDA is seeking national CIG applications for innovative conservation projects to benefit historically underserved agricultural producers, improve and protect water quality, and demonstrate the effectiveness of public private partnerships for conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry.
Up to $2 million of this fiscal year’s national CIG funding has been set aside for projects targeted to historically underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers, beginning farmers and ranchers, and those with limited resources. The USDA is also seeking national CIG proposals for projects to stimulate natural resource solutions to protect or improve the quality of ground and surface water.