Southeast Region

NACD's Southeast Region Representative is Candice Abinanti. Candice is based in North Carolina and can be reached at


Executive Board Member: Gary Blair, Starkville, Miss.
Region Chair: Franklin Williams, Wallace, N.C.
Region Vice Chair: Micky Smith, Emelle, Ala.

National Conservation District Employees Association (NCDEA) Southeast Regional Director: Hope Daley, Miss.

Southeast Conservation District Employees Association President: Kaleigh Evans, Ky.

National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA) State Representatives

NACD Staff – Southeast Region Representative: Candice AbinantiCharlotte, N.C.

Southeast Region Conservation Hall of Fame webpage


  • Conservation Planning Boot Camp has been canceled for 2020.
  • With the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, NACD has created a COVID-19 webpage to keep you informed. It contains resources and guidance for conservation districts and their associations.
  • Districts, associations or state agencies interested in purchasing EnviroScape® hands-on models can receive discounts with the following promotional codes good now through Dec. 31, 2020.
    10% off one or more models with the code NACD10
    15% off 5 or more models with the code NACD15
    20% off 10 or more models with the code NACD20
    Enter codes when ordering online or contact erin[at] to place an order.

Upcoming Events:

Submit any questions, news or events to candice-abinanti[at] and check NACD’s calendar for more events, including state meetings

Upcoming Deadlines:


Technical Assistance (TA) Grants

Have a TA Grant success story? Please share information with candice-abinanti[at]


  • NACD’s Southeast Region was awarded a total of $2,310,413 in TA2020 grant funding. The grants fund 74 positions in 77 districts in all 11 of the Southeast Region’s states and territories.
  • Grant awards made under the TA2020 Priority Request for renewing grantees were announced in March 2020. These renewal grants total $1,800,939 to continue 60 positions serving 70 districts in 9 states and territories in the Southeast Region.
  • Grant awards made under the TA2020 Request for Proposals were announced in July 2020. In the Southeast, 7 new grantees were awarded $509,474 in funding to employ 14 positions to serve 7 districts in 7 states and territories.
  • For a map of all TA grantees across the region and country, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Quarterly Reports

  • The next Quarterly Reports are due: January 20, 2021 for the reporting period of Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2020

Urban Agriculture Conservation (UAC) Grant Initiative

  • Congratulations to the Southeast Region’s 2020 UAC grant recipients: Richland SWCD in South Carolina and Colonial SWCD in Virginia

Friends of NACD District Grants Program – Districts helping districts

Stories from the Southeast Region:

Please send any resources, job posts, events, blogs, news to share, questions, comments, etc. to Candice Abinanti, candice-abinanti[at]

For information on the Southeast Region meeting, click here.

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