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Grants to New Jersey Non-Federal Entities and Individuals for Conservation Projects on Agricultural Lands

Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) - New Jersey


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
New Jersey
CFDA Number: 10.912
Funding or PIN Number: USDA-NRCS-NJ-CIG-23-NOFO0001265
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/07/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey non-federal entities and individuals to plan and implement new conservation technologies and practices on agricultural lands in the state. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The priority focus areas for FY 2023 are urban agriculture, climate-smart agriculture, and forestry/wildlife. All U.S. domestic, non-Federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply for projects carried out in New Jersey.

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 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. 

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.

CIG Priorities for FY 2023:

  1. Urban Agriculture
  2. Climate Smart Agriculture
  3. Forestry/Wildlife

For more information about these priority areas, see page 7 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
CIG applications are accepted from state or local governments, federally-recognized American Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, Pacific Islands Area).

All U.S. domestic, non-Federal entities and individuals are eligible to apply for projects carried out in New Jersey.

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 24 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information
Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 7, 2023.

New Jersey announces funding opportunities for the state component of CIG on every other year.

The agency anticipates making selections by June 16th, 2023 and expects to execute awards by September 30, 2023. These dates are estimates and are subject to change.

For new users of, see Section D. for information about steps required before submitting an application via Completing all steps required to start an application can take a significant amount of time, plan accordingly.

Organizations must complete all steps below to register. 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. (Note: Individuals are not eligible for all opportunities.)
Steps to Register
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
For more information, see page 12 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

This NFO requires applicants to share at least 50 percent of total project costs. For more information about Cost Sharing or Matching Requirements, see page 11 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

To learn more about CIG, see

A webinar for potential applicants of the FY23 CIG funding opportunity can be viewed here:

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

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
The agency expects to make 3 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling: $380,000
Award Floor: $75,000

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 October 1, 2023.

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