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PARTNER UP: Funding for CIG enables NRCS to work with public and private entities to address natural resource concerns.

Apply now for Conservation Innovation Grants

Funding is available for CIG grants in Iowa through NRCS.

Up to $500,000 in federal grant funding is available in Iowa for development of innovative conservation approaches and technologies through USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Grant proposals are due by May 29.

NRCS is accepting applications from eligible entities implementing projects in Iowa. All non-federal entities and individuals are invited to apply. The Conservation Innovation Grants require applicants to supply a 50-50 match.

Applications must be submitted electronically through In addition, a PDF of the complete application must be emailed to [email protected] and [email protected]. If you are new to the system, there are several preliminary steps required before an application can be submitted. To register in the system, go to click on “Applicants,” and then click on “Get registered.”

What are 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. CIG enables NRCS to work with public and private entities to transfer technology and adoption of some of Iowa’s most pressing natural resource concerns.

CIG will benefit ag producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with federal, state and local regulations. The CIG state component emphasizes soil and water conservation projects that benefit a limited geographical area. Participating states will announce their funding availability for CIG competitions through their state NRCS offices. For additional information about state CIG competitions in Iowa, contact Marty Adkins.

A CIG funding notice is announced each year. Funds for single- or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process. Projects may be watershed-based, regional, multistate or nationwide in scope.

The natural resource concerns eligible for funding through CIG will be identified in the funding announcement and may change annually to focus on new and emerging, high-priority natural resource concerns.

Visit NRCS for more information.


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