Friends of NACD District Grants Program

Friends of NACD are individuals who support the nation’s nearly 3,000 conservation districts through cash donations to NACD. Individuals contribute at four donation levels (between $35 to $1500), with each level entitling members to specific benefits.

Included as a benefit to Friends of NACD is the opportunity to support individual conservation districts through the Friends of NACD Grant Program. Since Fiscal Year 2020, Friends of NACD have awarded nearly $40,000 in grant funding to 16 districts across the country. Please see the list below for the 2022, 2021 and 2020 Friends of NACD District Grants Recipients.

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Listed alphabetically by state


Bureau County Soil and Water Conservation District

Food Forest in Princeton, Illinois

In partnership with schools, youth programs, gardening groups, and food advocates, the Bureau County SWCD will install and maintain a food forest to expand perennial cropping systems and enhance local food resources to their community.


Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District

Fore! Invasive Species Awareness Project

In cooperation with Clarksville Parks and Recreation and the Floyd County Native Habitat Restoration Team, the Clark County SWCD established an educational outreach program to increase invasive species awareness within Clark and Floyd counties and promote the benefits of native species.


Catahoula Soil and Water Conservation District

Catahoula SWCD Tree Sale

The Catahoula SWCD had a tree sale in their urban community to encourage and teach about the importance of conservation and value of trees by planting trees.


Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District

Conservation Landscape Certification

The Waldo County SWCD will create resources for a new conservation landscape certification, including an online print resource guide that assists landowners with each step required in the certification, and a smartphone app people can use to complete a certification checklist; done in partnership with the Knox-Lincoln SWCD.

New Mexico

Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District

Farm to Table Camp

The Valencia SWCD led an experiential, agriculture-focused summer camp for local youth, promoting regenerative agriculture and food security while capturing the lessons of community partners to be shared during the camp and in other widespread community outreach efforts.

South Dakota

Miner Conservation District

Miner County Community Tree Planting Project

The Miner County CD will plant needed trees in their community in partnership with the Howard High School football team, 5th and 6th grade class, Miner County 4-H clubs, various community organizations, and members of Miner County.


Caldwell-Travis Soil and Water Conservation District

Soil Health Workshop Series for Deep Topsoil Restoration of The Plum Creek Watershed

In partnership with the Hays and Seguin SWCDs and more than a dozen government and non-governmental organization partners, the Caldwell-Travis SWCD will host a series of workshops to create a dialogue on land preservation, farm succession planning, principles of soil health, economics of regenerative agriculture, ecosystem service market development, and conservation easement strategies with producers and landowners in the Plum Creek Watershed. 

Matagorda County Soil and Water Conservation District

Feral Pig Mitigation Program

The Matagorda County SWCD will purchase a pig trap system to mitigate feral pig damage within Matagorda County, collect data on feral pig numbers, and educate youth and adults about feral pigs.

Listed alphabetically by state


Eastern Connecticut Conservation District

Milo Appley Conservation Showcase and Education Center

The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) developed land the district owns into an outdoor conservation showcase and education center for area residents, schools, students, and conservation volunteers and professionals.


Duval Soil and Water Conservation District

Start Farming Mentorship Program

The Duval Soil and Water Conservation District began a Start Farming Mentorship Program to support new farmers by providing tours of diverse farm operations and onsite workshops in sustainable practices including water conservation, composting and permaculture.


Catoosa County Conservation District

Water Wise Workshop

The Catoosa County Conservation District hosted a rain barrel workshop to encourage and promote residential water conservation.


Beaver County Conservation District

Surviving Blazes, a celebration of recovery after the March 7, 2020 Wildfire

The Beaver County Conservation District celebrated surviving the March 7, 2020 wildfire with a one-day “block party” style event using speakers, vendors, demonstrations, games, and entertainment to encourage community residents to participate in prevention and be prepared when wildfire strikes again.

Listed alphabetically by state


Butte Soil and Water Conservation District

Recycling Agricultural Chemical Containers

Butte Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) installed a locally accessible recycling bin for agricultural chemical containers. Local farmers, ranchers, homeowners and businesses may now dispose their plastic pesticide, herbicide and other chemical containers in this bin for proper handling and recycling. This service had not previously been available. The project has helped spread the district’s conservation message and opens the door for more outreach on water quality issues.

New Mexico

Sierra SWCD

Conservation Days

After COVID-19 (coronavirus) cancelled their original plans for a summer camp, the Sierra Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) adapted and provided students with conservation kits to take home for hands-on learning experiences. The kits included supplies to raise frogs and butterflies, ecospheres, a summer camp t-shirt and a backpack filled with educational materials and goodies from various district partners. Many students also received a home aquaponics system and mushroom growing kit. SWCD is planning an in-person summer camp for the summer of 2021. Read more about SWCD’s accomplishments with this grant funding in this blog post.

South Carolina

Richland Soil and Water Conservation District

Seed Sanctuary: Re-seeding Richland

To promote home gardening, sustainable gardening practices and pollinator conservation, the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (RSWCD) launched a Seed Sanctuary, a free seed share that provided residents with small packets of wildflower, vegetable and herb seeds at no cost. As a direct result of this project, community awareness of RSWCD was raised. The district expanded its volunteer base, gained new social media followers and added nearly 2,000 new subscribers to its monthly newsletter. Read more about RSWCD’s accomplishments with this grant funding in this blog post.

Rhode Island

Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District

Expanding District Fundraising through Seedling Sale Program

The Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District launched a Seedling Sale Program during an Earth Day Celebration at a local farm in Rhode Island to expand district fundraising efforts while educating the local community on the value of planting native trees.

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