Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a competitive program that supports the development of new tools, approaches, practices, and technologies to further natural resource conservation on private lands. The goals of the program are set yearly, but generally, CIG partners work to address our nation’s water quality, air quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat challenges, all while improving agricultural operations through creative problem solving and innovation.

Eligible Uses

Public and private grantees develop the tools, technologies, and strategies to support next-generation conservation efforts on working lands and develop market-based solutions to resource challenges.

Eligible Recipients

State and local governments, U.S. territories, tribal governments, individuals, non-profits, and for-profit businesses are all eligible recipients.

Approx Annual Funding Amount

The program is funded at approximately $37.5 million per year.

Cost Share Requirements

There is a 1:1 cost-share requirement.

Application Cycle

Application deadlines are typically in late summer/early fall and are announced in the spring of each year.