2023 Outreach and Technical Assistance Grants

NACD is pleased to share information on the FY2023 Outreach and Technical Assistance grant program. In partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), NACD anticipates award of approximately $15 million in conservation operations technical assistance (COTA), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) funding. please stay tuned for an announcement on grant recipients.

Effective and equitable outreach, conservation education, technical assistance, and land stewardship have never been more important. Through historic federal investments such as the Inflation Reduction Act, NRCS will invest over $20 billion in working lands conservation over five years.

In order to achieve its climate and conservation goals, NRCS must enroll new and underserved producers into its conservation programs. Conservation Districts, their respective state/territory associations and agencies, Resource Conservation & Development Councils, and Tribal organizations help provide the outreach, education, mentoring and technical assistance that helps farmers, ranchers, and forest stewards make informed decisions on their lands to enhance its sustainability.

NACD and NRCS share the goals of impacting individual producers and communities, as well as equitably increasing civic engagement to strengthen the locally led conservation delivery system.

Individual Impacts Community Impacts Civic Engagement
  • Increase the number of producers who implement conservation plans and practices
  • Acknowledge and address historical barriers with the goals of: introducing new and historically underserved producers to conservation, increasing participation in NRCS programs, and improving approaches to outreach and technical assistance
  • Improve economic and environmental resilience in rural and urban communities
  • Address environmental justice issues, such as food security/sovereignty and access, heat equity, clean water initiatives, and access to outdoor recreation
  • Develop conservationists and leaders within the communities for long-term sustainment of programs and investments
  • Support and advance Tribal conservation goals
  • Increase or create new opportunities for civic engagement in conservation (e.g., Local Working Groups, Conservation District Boards)
  • Increase awareness of the locally led conservation system and how producers’ voices can impact community outcomes
  • Develop and implement inclusive board succession plans/processes that advance DEIJA and ensure locally led conservation remains a core community value

Questions about this funding opportunity or other NACD opportunities can be directed to Chloe Hundelt, NACD Grants Specialist, at conservationprograms[at] or your NACD Region Representative.

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