The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants to fund projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

State Conservationist J.R. Flores said Missouri anticipates having $100,000 in state-component funds available for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). He said individual grants up to $50,000 can be used to fund up to 50 percent of the total cost of a project lasting one to three years.

“Conservation Innovation Grants are for projects targeting innovative, on-the-ground conservation and field demonstrations,” Flores said. “They are meant to promote the sharing of skills, knowledge, technologies and facilities to ensure that scientific and technological developments are accessible to a wider range of users.”

State CIG Project Manager Karen Brinkman said projects should address one of four identified resource concerns: data analytics for natural resources conservation; pay-for-success models to stimulate conservation adoption; precision conservation approaches; and water management technologies and approaches to maximize agricultural production efficiency and minimize off-site impacts.

Information about CIG and the application process is available online at Applications must be received by 4 p.m., March 1. Submit applications via the United States Postal Service or by express mail or courier service to:


Attn: Jessica Phillips

601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 250

Columbia, MO 65203

Applications may be submitted electronically through or by e-mail to