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Grants to Pennsylvania Individuals and Non-Federal Entities for a Range of Conservation Initiatives to Benefit the Agricultural Sector

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) - Pennsylvania


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Funding Source
U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Pennsylvania

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/26/23 11:59 PM Eastern Time Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $75,000 to Pennsylvania individuals and non-federal entities for a range of conservation initiatives to benefit the agricultural sector. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Program priorities include carbon sequestration, legacy sediment, soil health, water quality, urban farming, and non-industrial private forestland.

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.

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.

Information about Innovative Conservation Projects or Activities can be found starting on page 6 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."

CIG Priorities for FY 2023:

  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Legacy Sediment
  • Soil Health
  • Water Quality
  • Urban Farming
  • Non-Industrial Private Forestland

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


  • 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
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 Pennsylvania. 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 25 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."

Pre-Proposal Conference
A webinar will be held on April 19, 2023, from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Teams Meeting: Join on your computer, mobile app or room device

To join the meeting, see the link on the Full Grant Text RFP.
Meeting ID: 211 858 975 665
Passcode: EpTk4S

Or call in (audio only)
+1 202-650-0123,,222810739# United States, Washington DC
Phone Conference ID: 222 810 739#

Pre-Application Information
Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 26, 2023.

The agency anticipates making selections by June 30, 2023, and expects to execute awards by August 31, 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 13 of the NOFO. See "RFP & Supporting Documents."

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Estimated Size of Grant
The estimated funding floor for this opportunity is $5,000, and the estimated funding ceiling is $75,000.

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