Friends of NACD District Grants Program
The Friends of NACD Program enables individuals to support the nation’s nearly 3,000 conservation districts through cash donations to NACD. As Friends of 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. As of Fiscal Year 2020, donations through Friends of NACD will support up to four grants of up to $2,500 each. In February 2020, the first four Friends of NACD District Grants were awarded at NACD’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2020 Friends of NACD District Grants Recipients
Listed alphabetically by state
Recycling Agricultural Chemical Containers
Butte Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD) will purchase a recycling container for local farmers, ranchers, homeowners and businesses to leave their plastic pesticide, herbicide and other chemical containers for proper handling and recycling. This service is currently not available locally, and BSWCD will conduct outreach with local landowners and vendors on the value of reducing plastics in the waste stream.
Sierra Soil and Water Conservation District will host the first annual conservation days summer camp in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The camp will be open to 6th-8th grade students for free, due to the high poverty rate in Sierra County, and will focus on natural resources education through presentations from guest speakers, field trips, games, cooking meals with locally sourced products, planting pollinator habitat, demonstrations and lots of hands-on activities.
Seed Sanctuary: Re-seeding Richland
The Richland Soil and Water Conservation District will begin a seed sanctuary, commonly called a seed library or a seed share, in Columbia, S.C., to promote home gardening, sustainable gardening practices and pollinator conservation.
Eastern Rhode Island CD
Expanding District Fundraising through Seedling Sale Program
The Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District will launch 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.