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.
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The following templates must be completed and included in each state/territory partnership’s application for funding.
Please contact your region’s representative with additional questions:
Beth Mason, North Central Region Representative
P.O. Box 17186
Indianapolis, IN 46217
Keith Owen, South Central Region Representative
1717 Windchime Drive
Norman, OK 73071
Phylis Vandevere, Southeast Region Representative
6091 Ebenezer-Coxburg Road
Lexington, MS 39095
Jeff Burwell, Pacific-Southwest Region Representative and Western Issues Specialist
181 Poplar Place
Ridgway, CO 81432
Eric Hansen, Northeast Region Representative and Policy Specialist
509 Capitol Court, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Laura Demmel, Northern Plains Region Representative
P.O. Box 6372
Bozeman, MT 59771