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Dear Conservation District Officials,

Today, I am pleased to announce the second round of 2020 awards from the NACD technical assistance grants program. This is the third year we have been able to carry out this project in cooperation with funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). We especially appreciate all the work on the parts of state and territory conservation partnership leaders in completing requested information for getting these awards.

These funds will support approximately 185 full- and part-time individuals, including over 12 full-time equivalent staff in tribe-related positions, resulting in over 100 full-time equivalent staffing. More than $1.6 million of matching funds are to be added to these awards, further increasing the impact of the grants.

The funds announced today will support resource technicians, conservation planners, program support specialists, foresters, cultural resource specialists, agronomists and other specialists based on the local needs and priorities identified by state leaders. All these employees will provide conservation technical assistance to help customers carry out their conservation plans. The staff expect to be working with some 10,000 conservation district clients to increase their access to contracts and plans. NACD and NRCS expect this boosted technical assistance will help implement over 5,000 conservation practices on the ground.

Most requests will be funded on a one-year basis. Some grantees will be offered funds for a second year.

To date in 2020, NACD and NRCS have awarded grants totaling $15 million in 49 states and three territories, with two new states receiving funding this year: Virginia and West Virginia.

NACD staff will be following up with the awardees to complete the necessary arrangements for getting agreements signed and funds to them.

Recipients of this second round of 2020 technical assistance grants include:

  • Alabama - Lauderdale County SWCD and National Association of RC&D Councils, Inc.
  • Alaska - Alaska Village Initiatives
  • Arizona - Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, West Pinal NRCD and Whitewater Draw NRCD
  • Arkansas - Sharp County CD, Western Border Counties Conservation Partnership
  • California - Contra Costa County RCD, East Stanislaus County RCD, Honey Lake Valley County RCD, Inland Empire County RCD, Marin County RCD, Solano County RCD and Tulare County RCD
  • Connecticut - Connecticut River Coastal CD
  • Florida - Hillsborough SWCD
  • Guam - Guam Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Idaho - Benewah SWCD and Kootenai Shoshone SWCD
  • Illinois - Alexander-Pulaski and Union County SWCD, Clinton County SWCD, Hamilton County SWCD, Henry County SWCD, Macon County SWCD and McLean County SWCD
  • Indiana - Benton County SWCD, Indiana Association of SWCDs, LaPorte County SWCD, Parke County SWCD, Putnam County SWCD and Tippecanoe County SWCD
  • Iowa - Buchanan County SWCD, Jackson SWCD, Johnson County SWCD and Warren SWCD
  • Kansas - Barton County CD, Kiowa County CD and Miami County CD
  • Louisiana - Grant SWCD
  • Maine - Central Aroostook SWCD, Kennebec County SWCD and Maine Association of Conservation Districts
  • Massachusetts - Worcester County CD
  • Michigan - Chippewa Luce Mackinac CD, Gladwin CD, Gogebic CD, Ionia CD, Menominee CD, Michigan Association of Conservation Districts and Washtenaw County CD
  • Minnesota - Benton SWCD and Wabasha SWCD
  • Montana - Broadwater CD, Cascade CD, Custer County CD, Lewis & Clark CD, Lower Musselshell CD and Petroleum County CD
  • Nebraska - Lower Elkhorn NRD
  • New Jersey - Ocean County SCD
  • New Mexico - Indian Nations Conservation Alliance and New Mexico Association of Conservation Districts
  • North Carolina - Mecklenburg SWCD
  • Ohio - Washington - Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Oregon - Clackamas SWCD, Deschutes SWCD, Morrow SWCD, Upper Willamette SWCD, Wasco County SWCD and West Multnomah SWCD
  • Pennsylvania - Bucks County CD, Pennsylvania Association of CDs and York County CD
  • Puerto Rico - Este SCD
  • South Carolina - Oconee SWCD
  • Utah - Rich County CD and Sanpete CD
  • Vermont - White River NRCD
  • Virgin Islands - Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture
  • Virginia - Thomas Jefferson SWCD
  • Washington - Central Klickitat CD, Clark CD, Snohomish CD and Stevens County CD
  • West Virginia - Elk CD
  • Wisconsin - Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Department and Marathon County Conservation, Planning and Zoning Dept
  • Wyoming - Cody CD, Laramie County CD, Medicine Bow CD, Shoshone CD and Uinta County CD

Please contact your respective NACD Regional Representative or other NACD staff members with any questions.

Thanks for helping put more boots on the ground to help conservation district customers in this critical time.


Jeremy Peters

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