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Grants to Idaho Individuals, Non-Federal Agencies, IHEs, and Organizations for Conservation Projects on Agricultural Lands

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Idaho


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
CFDA Number: 10.912
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NRCS-ID-CIG-23-NOFO0001268
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Geographic Focus
USA: Idaho

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/05/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $75,000 to Idaho non-federal entities and individuals to advance the development and implementation of innovative conservation strategies and technologies on agricultural lands. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Program priorities include soil, water, air, plants, animals, and energy.

The purpose of CIG is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG 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 government 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.

For the FY 2023 CIG award process, at least 10 percent of the total funds available for CIG are set aside for proposals from Historically Underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or community-based organizations comprised of or representing these entities.

Innovative Conservation Projects or Activities

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 was 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.

Technologies and approaches that are eligible for funding in a project’s geographic area using an EQIP contract for an established conservation practice standard are ineligible for CIG funding, except where the use of those technologies and approaches demonstrates clear innovation. 

CIG Priorities for FY 2023:

  • Soil, Water, Air, Plants, Animals and Energy


  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity below), subject to any clarification in the text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility"

Additional Eligibility Criteria
All U.S. domestic, non-Federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply for projects carried out in Idaho. US Federal agencies are not eligible to apply to this opportunity or impart their work to non-federal portion of the budget.

Applicants and applications must meet eligibility criteria by the application deadline to be considered for award. Eligible applicant type is determined by the implementing program statute. Applicant entities identified in the exclusions database as ineligible, prohibited/restricted, or excluded from receiving Federal contracts and certain Federal assistance and benefits will not be considered for Federal funding, as applicable to the funding being requested under this Federal program (2 CFR 200.206(d)). Neither foreign entities nor foreign individuals are eligible to apply for this opportunity.

Funding Restrictions can be found on page 24 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."

Pre-Proposal Conference
A webinar for CIG applicants will be scheduled for April 2023. Information on the date and time and how to participate in the webinar will be posted to the Idaho State CIG website, see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Pre-Application Information
Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 5, 2023.

The agency anticipates making selections by June 2, 2023, and expects to execute awards by September 30, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

This NFO requires applicants to share at least 50 percent of total project costs. Total project costs include Federal and non-Federal shares of the project. Special considerations exist for some historically underserved applications

SAM registrations may take several weeks. Therefore, organizations should begin the process early to ensure they have sufficient time to complete registration and meet required application submission deadlines. Individuals are not subject to the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) or SAM requirement.

Detailed Steps to Register can be found on page 11 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."

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Additional Funding Information

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Estimated Size of Grant
The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $20,000.00, and the estimated funding ceiling is $75,000.00.

Term of Contract
Projects may be between 1 and 3 years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of October 1, 2023.

Contact Information
For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the following individual with the NFO number in the subject line:
Name: Brett McMillan
Grants Management Specialist
FPAC Business Center
Email: with a copy to FPAC.BC.GAD@USDA.GOV

For technical issues with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or

RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

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

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