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Grants to Maine Non-Federal Entities and Individuals to Develop Conservation Technology for the Agricultural Industry

Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) - Maine


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Funding Source
CFDA Number: 10.912
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NRCS-ME-CIG-NOFO0001269
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Geographic Focus
USA: Maine

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/19/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $75,000 to Maine non-federal entities and individuals to develop conservation projects for implementation in the agricultural sector. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG generally funds pilot projects, field demonstrations, and on-farm conservation research.

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. 

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. 

For FY 2023, NRCS accepts proposals that address one or more of the State priorities listed below. 

  • Forestry
  • Aquatic Organism Conservation
  • Soil Health
  • Pollinator Conservation
  • Irrigation and Natural Soil Moisture Management

For more information about these priorities, see page 7 of the NFO in Attached Files below. 

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. The regulatory definitions of a Historically Underserved producer and a veteran farmer or rancher may be found at 7 CFR 1466.3. 


  • 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 Maine.

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.

US Federal agencies are not eligible to apply to this opportunity or impart their work to non-federal portion of the budget.

For Funding Restrictions, see page 27 of the NFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information
Applicants must submit applications via Applications must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on May 19, 2023.

- Organizations must complete all steps below to register (c. Steps to Register i. through v.). Complete organization instructions are included on here:
- Although creating a account online can take only minutes, 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 and may begin with step iii., Create a Account, listed below.
i. Obtain a UEI
ii. Register with SAM
iii. Create a Account
iv. Add an Organization Applicant Profile to a Account
v. EBiz POC Authorized Profile Roles

The agency anticipates making selections by June 1, 2023 and expects to execute awards by July 1, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

The CIG requires applicants to supply at least a 50-50 match. For more information about the Cost Sharing or Matching requirement, see pages 13 and 23 of the NFO in Attached Files below.

The funding available through this NFO is Federal financial assistance. Grants 101 Training is highly recommended for those seeking knowledge about Federal financial assistance. The training is free and available to the public via

Applicants are encouraged to visit to learn more about the CIG program.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The agency expects to make 3 award(s).

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $75,000
Award Floor: $10,000

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 September 30, 2023.

Contact Information
For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact the following individual with the NFO number in the subject line:
Name: Neosha Jones
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

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