Technical Assistance Grants

In 2017, NACD entered into the first of a series of cooperative agreements with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide funding to further enhance conservation district technical assistance across the nation. The agreement specified that the funds would be awarded to conservation districts to hire staff where additional capacity is needed to improve customer service and reduce workload pressure. At NACD’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, the National Conservation Partnership (NCP) renewed the Memorandum of Agreement that provides the basis for the Technical Assistance Grant Program.

From the first agreement, NACD awarded $9 million in funding in 2018 . The following year, a second agreement with NRCS allowed NACD to award more than $10 million in funding in 2019.

In spring 2020, NACD and NRCS continue their partnership to expand technical capacity and are in the midst of awarding more than $15 million in funding. Learn more on the 2020 TA Grants webpage.

The map below represents cumulative award recipients to date. Recipients who received funding only in 2018 are indicated in white; recipients who received funding only in 2019 are indicated in gray; and recipients who received funding in both 2018 and 2019 are indicated in black. Please note: some recipients received funding for multiple positions or across multiple districts, but are indicated by a single marker.

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Conservation District Map
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Cumulative TA Grants


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Guam District Map
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Guam cumulative TA overlay

Puerto Rico

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Puerto Rico District Map
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Puerto Rico Cumulative TA overlay

Virgin Islands

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Virgin Islands District Map
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USVI cumulative TA overlay

Please contact your region’s representative with additional questions:

Beth Mason, North Central Region Representative
(317) 946-4463
P.O. Box 17186
Indianapolis, IN 46217

Keith Owen, South Central Region Representative
(405) 360-3503
1717 Windchime Drive
Norman, OK 73071

Candice Abinanti, Southeast Region Representative
(803) 579-7230
Charlotte, N.C.

Ariel Rivers, Pacific Region Representative
(925) 290-8925
Livermore, CA

Jeff Burwell, Southwest Region Representative
(970) 413-1454
181 Poplar Place
Ridgway, CO 81432

Eric Hansen, Northeast Region Representative
(202) 547-6223
509 Capitol Court, NE
Washington, DC 20002

Sunni Heikes-Knapton, Northern Plains Region Representative
(406) 570-4193
P.O. Box 1178
Ennis, MT 59729

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