Technical Assistance Grants

NACD has secured a $10 million cooperative agreement with NRCS to further enhance conservation district technical assistance across the nation.

A significant portion of the granted funds will be awarded directly to conservation districts to hire staff where additional capacity is needed to improve customer service and reduce workload pressure. This agreement includes:

  • $9 million for conservation planning and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) implementation assistance.
  • $1 million for NACD to manage the project.
  • A 25% match will be required for each agreement. Match is preferably cash, but in-kind will be considered. NACD is required overall to have a 25% match for each agreement it makes with a district, however, NACD will be providing the first 5%. Conservation districts will need to supply the remaining 20%. Most contracts will cover funding for a 1-year period.

NACD will ask state/territory conservation partnerships to identify high-priority locations for the use of these funds. Funding will be awarded in batches on an ongoing basis as proposals are received with attention to parity across the country.

NACD’s priority is to get the $9 million in the hands of conservation districts in the first and second quarter of Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) so that they can hire employees to help carry out the objectives of this agreement. Funding assumptions are that this $9 million would hire about 180 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Some will likely be part-time, contractual, and/or serve multiple districts.

Click below to view and/or download:

The funding announcement
A briefer and project timeline for this agreement
A list of Frequently Asked Questions about this agreement
NACD’s one-pager on “The Basics of Conservation Delivery”
The National Conservation Partnership’s Memorandum of Agreement

Application Templates

The following templates must be completed and included in each state/territory partnership’s application for funding.

Template application for each conservation district requesting funding |DOC| |PDF|
State conservation partnership coversheet template |DOC| |PDF|
Metrics template |XLS| |Online Form|


Please contact your region’s representative with additional questions:

Beth Mason, North Central Region Representative
(317) 946-4463
P.O. Box 17186
Indianapolis, IN 46217

Vacant, South Central Region Representative
Please contact the Director of Projects and Partnerships Rich Duesterhaus at (202) 595-9137.

Phylis Vandevere, Southeast Region Representative
(601) 941-8251
6091 Ebenezer-Coxburg Road
Lexington, MS 39095

Jeff Burwell, Pacific-Southwest Region Representative and Western Issues Specialist
(970) 413-1454
181 Poplar Place
Ridgway, CO 81432

Eric Hansen, Northeast Region Representative and Policy Specialist
(202) 547-6223
509 Capitol Court, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Laura Demmel, Northern Plains Region Representative
(406) 539-4670
P.O. Box 6372
Bozeman, MT 59771

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