2018 Technical Assistance Grants

Through a cooperative agreement, in 2018, NACD and NRCS awarded $9 million in funding to further enhance conservation district technical assistance across the nation. A significant portion of the granted funds were awarded directly to conservation districts to hire staff where additional capacity is needed to improve customer service and reduce workload pressure.

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The 2018 Technical Assistance Grant agreement includes:

  • $9 million for conservation planning and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) implementation assistance
  • $1 million for NACD to manage the project
  • A 25 percent match is required for each agreement. Match is preferably cash, but in-kind will be considered. NACD is required overall to have a 25 percent match for each agreement it makes with a district; however, NACD will be providing the first 5 percent. Conservation districts will need to supply the remaining 20 percent. Most contracts will cover funding for a one-year period.

NACD will ask state/territory conservation partnerships to identify high-priority locations for the use of these funds. Funding will be awarded in batches on an ongoing basis as proposals are received with attention to parity across the country.

NACD’s priority is to get the $9 million in the hands of conservation districts so they can hire employees to help carry out the objectives of this agreement. Funding assumptions are that this $9 million would hire about 180 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Some will likely be part-time, contractual, and/or serve multiple districts.

Click below to view and/or download:

The 2017 funding announcement
A briefer and project timeline for the 2017 agreement
A list of Frequently Asked Questions about the 2017 agreement
NACD Technical Assistance Grant Success Stories
Technical Assistance Grants – Financial Reporting Guidance
Technical Assistance Grants – Quarterly Grant Reporting Form

Application Templates

The following templates must be completed and included in each state/territory partnership’s application for funding:

2017 template application for each conservation district requesting funding |DOC| |PDF|
2017 state conservation partnership coversheet template |DOC| |PDF|
2017 metrics template |XLS| |Online Form|

Please contact your region’s representative with additional questions.

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