USDA Invests in Conservation Innovation Grants

Dan Conservation, Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG), Environment, USDA-NRCS

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The USDA has announced the availability of $65 million through two funding opportunities to further natural resource conservation on private lands through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is being directed to prioritize CIG On-Farm Trials projects that use diet and feed management to reduce enteric methane emissions from ruminants, as well as other projects that have climate mitigation benefits.

“This year’s Conservation Innovation Grants competition is unique in that we’re able to increase available funds because of President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, which will fund projects that address climate change, with a particular focus on solutions to reduce enteric methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas,” said NRCS Chief Terry Cosby. “Science and innovation are the keys to helping farmers, ranchers and forest landowners succeed in the face of global challenges, like climate change. We’re eager to see what innovations come to fruition and can be integrated into our programs and tools, thanks to this influx of new funding.”


Two separate CIG funding opportunities are now available on $50 million through CIG On-Farm Trials and $15 million is available through CIG Classic.

For CIG On-Farm Trials, this year’s funding priorities are:

  • Irrigation water management technologies 
  • Nutrient management 
  • Feeding management and enteric methane reduction
  • Grazing lands
  • Soil health demonstration trials

For CIG Classic, this year’s funding priorities are:

  • Forestry
  • Habitat conservation and restoration for wildlife and invertebrates
  • Managing agricultural lands to improve local water quality
  • Energy conservation
  • Economics
  • Strengthening conservation through indigenous knowledge

NRCS will give strong consideration to proposals that include Historically Underserved entities and individuals.??

Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2023.