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.
The deadline for Fiscal Year 2021 applications has passed. Please see the list below for the 2021 and 2020 Friends of NACD District Grants Recipients.
2021 Friends of NACD District Grants Recipients
Listed alphabetically by state
Eastern Connecticut Conservation District
Milo Appley Conservation Showcase and Education Center
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
Start Farming Mentorship Program
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
Surviving Blazes, a celebration of recovery after the March 7, 2020 Wildfire
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.
2020 Friends of NACD District Grants Recipients
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.