The Conservation Innovation Grant program (CIG) is a voluntary
program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative
conservation approaches and technologies for agriculture production. CIG
promotes sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies, and facilities
among communities, governments, and other institutions to ensure that
scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider
range of users. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds are
used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or
non-governmental organizations, Tribes or individuals.
The 2013 Idaho Conservation Innovation Grants has just
been announced on
Pre-proposals for the Idaho CIG are due April 12, 2013.
Pre-proposal applicants selected for funding consideration will be
notified by April 26, 2013. Invited proposals will be due May
2013. Priority topics for 2013 include soil health, nutrient
management, energy conservation and wildlife.
The following document requires
Year 2013 Idaho Announcement for Funding (PDF; 256 KB)
For FY 2013, NRCS will consider offering CIG in the following areas:
- Program Outreach,
- Nutrient Management,
- Energy Conservation,
- Soil Health,
- Co-Management for Food Safety, and
- CIG Projects Assessment.
NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this
program in FY 2013 will be approximately $25 million.
Applications are requested from eligible governmental or
non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive
consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in
duration. Funds will be awarded through a two-phase nationwide
competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal
process and (2) a full proposal process. The full proposal
process will only be open to applicants whose pre-proposal
applications are selected by NRCS.
Pre-proposal applications for the national Conservation
Innovation Grant competition must be submitted to the National CIG
office by March 22, 2013.
for program funding, as well as information on CIG, is available at the
National CIG page: