NACD Announces Launch of District Grants Application Period

CONTACT: Sara Kangas, NACD Director of Communications
(202) 547-6223; sara-kangas[at]


October 15, 2020


WASHINGTON – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) announced the launch of its 2021 application period for the Friends of NACD District Grants Program.

Now in its second round of funding, the Friends of NACD District Grants program is an initiative of the NACD District Operations and Member Services Committee that enables funds raised through individual donations in support of locally-led conservation to be awarded to four conservation district projects of up to $2,500 each.

In February, NACD Second Vice President Kim LaFleur announced recipients of the inaugural program at NACD’s Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev. One of the four awardees, the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Columbia, S.C., received funding to begin a seed sanctuary to promote home gardening, sustainable gardening practices, and pollinator conservation. The three other grantees – Sierra SWCD in N.M., Butte SWCD in Idaho, and Eastern Rhode Island CD in R.I. – also proposed projects that will increase their visibility and potential to reach new clients.

“The district grants program enables us to bring about change in local communities and enhance the work of conservation districts by providing direct financial support to creative projects and ideas,” said LaFleur.

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

“It’s a privilege to be able to announce these funding opportunities for conservation districts in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic,” LaFleur said. “These projects help fund new initiatives that will help local conservation districts further their mission by supporting their customers and delivering locally-led conservation practices.”

Learn more about the district grants program on NACD’s website.


About the National Association of Conservation Districts:

The National Association of Conservation Districts is the nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 3,000 conservation districts, their state and territory associations and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. For more than 70 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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