Funds available for woody biomass workshops

By Jerry W. Kram
Financial support is available for organizing and conducting woody biomass utilization workshops from the National Association of Conservation Districts in cooperation with the U.S. Department of the Interior and the USDA Forest Service. The agencies are making a limited amount of financial support available for the planning of such state or regional multi-county events.

State and local governments, tribes and not-for-profit organizations are eligible for $2,000 grants to sponsor workshops across the United States between July 1 and March 31, 2009. The total funding available for grants is $24,000 but is subject to funding availability. Applications must be submitted no later than August 31. They will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis until the total available funds have been awarded.

Workshop sponsorship application forms are available on the NACD's Web site at Applicants will be notified whether or not their applications were approved within 21 days of receipt. Applications accompanied by letters of endorsement; proof of matching funds or in-kind services; and collaboration opportunities with local, state, tribal, commercial and private industry will strengthen the opportunity for being awarded a workshop sponsorship. Funds will be disbursed upon completion of a successful workshop and the submission of documentation.

For more information or to submit an application, contact Fred Deneke, NACD forestry programs coordinator, at (928) 443-5456 or

The NACD is a nonprofit organization that represents America's 3,000 conservation districts, and the 17,000 men and women who serve on their governing boards. Conservation districts are local units of government established under state law to carry out natural resource management programs at the local level. Districts work with millions of cooperating landowners and operators to help them manage and protect land and water resources on all private lands, and many public lands in the United States. The NACD supports voluntary, incentive-driven natural resource conservation programs that benefit all citizens.