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Grants to Virginia Individuals and Non-Federal Entities for Conservation Projects on Farmlands

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Virginia


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Funding Source
U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
CFDA Number: USDA-NRCS-VA-CIG-23-NOFO0001280
Funding or PIN Number: 10.912
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Geographic Focus
USA: Virginia

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/29/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants to Virginia individuals and non-federal entities for creative solutions to promote conservation on agricultural lands. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks. Priority will be given to initiatives addressing soil health and forestry. At least 10 percent of the total funds available for CIG in FY 2023 is set aside for proposals from Historically Underserved producers, veteran farmers or ranchers, or community-based organizations comprised of or representing these entities.

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 number 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.

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 Health Emphasis
  • Forestry Emphasis

More information about the CIG Priorities for FY 2023 can be found starting on page 7 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."


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

    Additional Eligibility Criteria
    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.

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

    Funding Restrictions can be found starting on page 26 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."

    Pre-Application Information
    Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 29th, 2023.

    The agency anticipates making selections by June 15, 2023, and expects to execute awards by July 15, 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 12 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."

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    Estimated Size of Grant
    The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $75,000.00, and the estimated funding ceiling is $200,00.00

    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 30, 2023.

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