NACD Announces Launch of District Grants Application Period


October 17, 2022

Terrence Curtiss

NACD Announces Launch of District Grants Application Period

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the launch of its application period for the 2023 Friends of NACD District Grants Program.

Now in its fourth round of funding, the Friends of NACD District Grants Program is an initiative of the NACD District Operations and Member Services (DOMS) Committee. The 2023 program will award eight grants, up to $2,500 each, to conservation districts to conduct new activities or test novel approaches to their operations.

Past grantees have implemented projects that have helped to enhance their visibility within their communities, reach new clients and grow their partnerships. For example, a 2022 grantee, the Clark County Soil and Water Conservation District in Indiana led an educational outreach program to increase invasive species awareness. Another example is the Start Farming Mentorship Program, which was started by the Duval Soil and Water Conservation District, a 2021 grantee in Jacksonville, Florida. Other stories of the exemplary projects completed by past Friends of NACD Grant recipients can be found online.

“Thanks to the generous donations to Friends of NACD, we are able to once again award eight grants to conservation districts in 2023,” said Franklin Williams, chair of the NACD DOMS Committee. “NACD is excited to help conservation districts fund new, locally-led conservation activities to support their communities.”

The Friends of NACD program was established in 2009 to enable individuals and organizations to support the nation’s nearly 3,000 conservation districts through cash donations to NACD.

Learn more about Friends of NACD and the District Grants Program and apply on NACD’s website.

About the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD)

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the nonprofit organization that represents the nearly 3,000 conservation districts across the United States, their state and territory associations, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 75 years, local conservation districts have worked with cooperating landowners and managers of private working lands to help them plan and apply effective conservation practices. For more information about NACD, visit

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