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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Climate Smart Grant Applications due May 24, 2024

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Climate Smart Grant applications due May 24, 2024

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The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Connecticut has announced the availability of funding for FY2024 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). This funding opportunity seeks to spark the Climate Smart development and adoption of cutting-edge conservation technologies and approaches for farmers and landowners.

Applicants must submit their applications via by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 24, 2024. For technical issues with, contact Applicant Support at 1-800-518-4726 or Awarding agency staff cannot support applicants regarding accounts. Please limit questions to those regarding specific information contained in this Notice of Funding (such as dates, page numbers, clarification of discrepancies, etc.). Questions related to eligibility, or the merits of a specific proposal will not be addressed.

Applicants are encouraged to visit the Connecticut State CIG website to learn more about the CIG program. This grant is being funded by the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) Environmental Incentives Quality Program. Through this funding, NRCS seeks to benefit the climate by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and the producer by providing innovative assistance to improve their farm, urban operation or forest land.

For new users of, while an account is not required to download an NFO and related documents, it is required to submit an application. If your organization has never submitted an application via, please be aware there are several steps you must take to register. Visit the registering an organization section. Completing these steps can take a significant amount of time, so plan accordingly.


Federal Awarding Agency Name: U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)

Notice of Funding Opportunity Title: Announcement for Program Funding for NRCS’ Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2024 – Connecticut

Notice of Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NRCS-CT-CIG-24-NOFO0001403

Assistance Listing: This program is listed in the Assistance Listing numbers (previously referred to as the Catalog of Federal Financial Assistance (CFDA)) on under 10.912, Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

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NRCS is announcing the availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) state program funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications are accepted from eligible entities for projects carried out in the State of Connecticut. A total of up to $500,000 is available for the Connecticut CIG competition in FY2024. All non-federal entities and individuals are invited to apply, with the sole exception of federal agencies. Projects may be between one and three years in duration. The maximum award amount for a single award in FY2024 is $250,000.