USDA Announces $15 Million for Conservation Innovation Grants

Clint Thompson USDA-NRCS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a $15 million investment to help support the adoption of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands.

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals through June 29, 2020, for national Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). CIG projects inspire creative problem-solving solutions that boost production on farms, ranches and private forests and improve natural resources. This year’s priorities are water reuse, water quality, air quality, energy and wildlife habitat.

CIG is a competitive grants program that supports development, testing and research of conservation technologies, practices, systems and approaches on private lands. Grantees must match the CIG investment at least one to one. All U.S.-based non-Federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply.

CIG applications must be submitted through by June 29, 2020. A webinar for potential applicants is scheduled for 3 p.m. EDT on May 13, 2020. Information on how to participate in the webinar and about funding opportunities can found on the CIG website. Or, for more information contact your local NRCS field office.