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Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)

Grants to New Mexico Non-Federal Entities
and Individuals for Conservation Projects

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United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) - New Mexico

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05/23/20 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to New Mexico non-Federal entities and individuals for conservation projects that promote agriculture. Funding is intended to develop and adopt innovative conservation approaches and technologies related to agricultural production. Projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to agricultural producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector.

CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research. On-farm conservation research is defined as an investigation conducted to answer a specific applied conservation question using a statistically valid design while employing farm-scale equipment on farms, ranches or private forest lands. CIG funds the development and field testing, on-farm research and demonstration, evaluation, or implementation of:

  • Approaches to incentivizing conservation adoption, including market-based and conservation finance approaches; and
  • Conservation technologies, practices, and systems.

Projects or activities under CIG must comply with all applicable Federal, Tribal, State, and local laws and regulations throughout the duration of the project and:

  • Use a technology or approach that has been studied sufficiently to indicate a high probability for success;
  • Demonstrate, evaluate, and verify the effectiveness, utility, affordability, and usability of natural resource conservation technologies and approaches in the field;
  • Adapt and transfer conservation technologies, management, practices, systems, approaches, and incentive systems to improve performance and encourage adoption;
  • Introduce proven conservation technologies and approaches to a geographic area or agricultural sector where that technology or approach is not currently in use.

For FY 2020, NRCS will only accept proposals that address one or more of the State priorities listed below.

  1. Increased reliance on natural biodiversity to control pests
  2. Soil health management systems (SHMS)- collection of NRCS conservation practices that focus on maintaining or enhancing soil health by addressing all four soil health planning principles: minimize disturbance, maximize soil cover, maximize biodiversity and maximize the presence of living roots. 
  3. Water conservation
  4. Fish and wildlife habitat

For additional information about 2020 CIG priorities, see page 3 of the CIG APF in Supporting Documents, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 171687

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The funding floor for a single award is $5,000 and the funding ceiling for a single award is $75,000.

Term of Contract:

NRCS accepts proposals for projects of one to three years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are individuals, non-federal government, and non-government organizations Individuals and entities may submit more than one application and may receive more than one award.

All CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers that meet the eligibility requirements for EQIP listed in 7 CFR § 1466.6(b)(1) through (3):
- Be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions (7 CFR Part 12).
- Be a person, legal entity, joint operation, Indian tribe, or native corporation who is engaged in agricultural production or forestry management or has an interest in the agricultural or forestry operation as defined in 7 CFR Part 1400.
- Have control of the land involved for the term of the proposed contract period.

For information about Funding Restrictions, see Page 10 of the APF in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received through by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on May 23, 2020.

Please allow extra time to register in the Workspace, as there are several preliminary registration steps before an applicant can submit the application.

CIG recipients must provide a non-Federal funding match or cost-share at least equal to the amount of Federal funding requested. Cost sharing may be achieved with contributions of cash, services, materials, equipment, or third party in-kind contributions.

Applicants must obtain a DUNS and register in SAM prior to registering with Information on how to obtain a DUNS number can be found at

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

In addition to applying through, please email a PDF of the complete application to by the deadline.

Questions about this announcement can be directed to:

Athena Cholas, Resource Conservationist
P: (505) 761-4419

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(800) 518-4726

Kenneth Branch
100 Sun Avenue NE, Suite 602
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: (505)761-4454

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