USDA News Release - Conservation Innovation Grants

Program Contact:  John Wilson
(614) 255-2480

Ohio NRCS Seeks New Proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants
Deadline is July 12, 2019

COLUMBUS, OH, June 12, 2019 – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking new proposals for cutting-edge projects that will provide new conservation opportunities with its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. Through the CIG program, Ohio will invest up to $150,000 for new projects in fiscal year 2019.

NRCS uses CIG to work with partners to accelerate the transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches in conjunction with agricultural production that address some of the nation’s most pressing natural resource concerns.  Ohio priorities in fiscal year 2019 will be Nutrient Management and Water Quality and Native Warm Season Grasses. 

All non-federal entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration and the maximum award amount for a single award in fiscal year 2019 is $75,000.

CIG utilizes Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds and entities and individuals involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible. 

Potential applicants should review funding opportunity number USDA-NRCS-OH-CIG-GEN0010276 for more specific information.  Applications must be submitted grant proposals electronically through In addition, a PDF of the complete application must be emailed to   

More information on the CIG program, including a link to application materials and submission procedures, can be found on the Ohio NRCS CIG webpage.