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 $20,000 in grant funding to eight districts across the country. Please see the list below for the 2021 and 2020 Friends of NACD District Grants Recipients.
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 the Clarksville Parks and Recreation and the Floyd County Native Habitat Restoration Team, the Clark County SWCD will establish 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 will have 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.
Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District
Farm to Table Camp
The Valencia SWCD will lead 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.
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
The Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) will develop 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
The Duval Soil and Water Conservation District will begin 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 will have a rain barrel workshop to encourage and promote residential water conservation.
Beaver County Conservation District
The Beaver County Conservation District will celebrate 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
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.
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.
Richland Soil and Water Conservation District
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.
Eastern Rhode Island Conservation District
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.