USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Pennsylvania is now accepting proposals for its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program. Proposals are due by May 26, 2023.
It is anticipated that a total of up to $150,000 will be available to fund multiple one- to three-year projects. Single projects may be eligible to receive $5,000 to $75,000 in funding.
CIG is a voluntary program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. Proposed projects should augment existing NRCS technical tools (planning, assessment/delivery) to better facilitate conservation on farms.
CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector.
CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and innovative ways to transfer conservation methods from one geographic area or ag sector to another.
In 2023, Pennsylvania NRCS is prioritizing proposals that address the following on-farm resource concerns: Carbon Sequestration; Legacy Sediment; Soil Health; Water Quality; Urban Farming; or Non-Industrial Private Forestland.
April 19 Webinar
A training webinar for those interested in applying for a CIG in Pennsylvania will be held on April 19, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.
Information on how to participate in the webinar will be posted to the CIG website.
Visit the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program webpage for more information. Questions should be directed to Ashley Lenig at 717-237-2204 or [email protected] for additional information or to apply.
Visit the NRCS-PA webpage for more information on assistance available to farmers, foresters and landowners.