Like previous Technical Assistance (TA) Grants the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has entered into an agreement with NACD to provide funding to further enhance conservation district technical assistance across the nation. The granted funds will be awarded directly to conservation districts to hire staff where additional capacity is needed to improve customer service and reduce workload pressure.
The RFP for this technical assistance cooperative agreement includes:
- $905,000 allocated as grants to hire local district/state agency/state association/RC&D/tribal employees to provide conservation operations planning assistance (COTA)
- $638,000 allocated as grants to hire local district/state agency/state association/RC&D/tribal employees to assist landowners in implementing Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) contracts
- $359,000 allocated as grants to hire local district/state agency/state association/RC&D/tribal employees to assist landowners in obtaining and implementing Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts
- The requirement for match of 20 percent of the total project budget from grant recipients. NACD’s agreement with NRCS requires 25 percent match. NACD is supplying the first 5 percent leaving only the remaining portion to the recipients.
Most contracts will cover funding for a one-year period.
NACD has already worked with state/territory conservation partnerships to identify high-priority locations from the previous agreements that should receive continuing funding. This RFP allows us to ask them to identify additional priority locations for the use of the remaining funds.
NACD’s priority is to get the $1.9 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 $1.9 million would hire about 35 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Some will likely be part-time, contractual and/or serve multiple districts.