Like previous Technical Assistance (TA) Grants the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) entered into a fourth agreement with NACD to provide funding to further enhance conservation district technical assistance across the nation.
Over eighty percent of the grants from this agreement were directed to continue funding the work that was started in one of the previous agreements. Nationally, over 500 full- and part-time staff positions are supported using the funds. Some positions were filled by contractors and some covered multiple districts. The requirement for match of 25 percent, of which NACD would provide the first 5 percent. Grant recipients would supplied the remaining 20 percent.
In April 2021, NACD announced the award of $13 million in priority request awards to over 400 conservation districts in 48 states and territories. In July 2021, NACD announced an additional $2.1 million in new technical assistance grants to benefit nearly 60 conservation districts in 23 states and territories.
This cooperative agreement included $15 million in funding to support hiring for conservation operations planning assistance (COTA) and to assist with implementing Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) contracts.
View the map below to learn about the 2021 TA Grantees.