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.
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


Upcoming Events:

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

Where to Find Your Region Representative:

Federal Policy and Partner Updates:


Technical Assistance (TA) Grants


  • $6.5 million in technical assistance grant funding is now available for new projects. Applications from state and territory partnership leaders are due by June 1, 2020. Visit NACD’s 2020 Technical Assistance Grants webpage to learn more.
  • NACD announced the TA2020 priority request grant recipients on March 31, 2020. These renewal grants total $1.8 million to continue 60 positions serving 70 districts in 9 states and territories in the Southeast Region.

TA2019 and TA2018

  • The next TA Grants round 1 (TA2018) and round 2 (TA2019) Quarterly Reports are due: July 20, 2020 for the reporting period of April 1 – June 30, 2020

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

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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