2024 Friend of Conservation Award - Application Deadline: September 13, 2024
The Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts’ (IASWCD) Friend of Conservation Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to soil and water conservation in Indiana. Potentially, one winner in each of three categories will be recognized. Please note that past recipients of this award are not eligible to receive the award again.

Categories for the Friend of Conservation Award are: 1). Corporate;  2). Nonprofit/Government; and, 3). Individual. One winner from each category will be recognized at the 2023 Annual Conference of Indiana Soil and Water Conservation Districts in January. 

Rules for the 2024 Friend of Conservation award application are as follows. Please read carefully.

1. Please complete this form by September 13, 2024.

2. Nominees: Those nominated for this award must have made a positive contribution to soil and water conservation efforts, particularly in their public outreach and education work. Conservation programs or projects the nominees have been involved in may be local, regional or statewide in nature. They may be nominated for a single project or for contributions made to multiple conservation projects over time. Results are important and must be adequately detailed in the application under the narrative sections.

3. Submission: Nominations may be completed by an individual, business, organization, or agency. The application, however, must be submitted with the approval of the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office with a typed signature from an SWCD supervisor on this online form signifying the District’s review and approval. The local SWCD must submit this online form to IASWCD. SWCDs may only submit one application. The application is due to IASWCD by September 13, 2024.

4. Support material: Support material should be emailed to amy-work@iaswcd.org and must be received by September 13, 2024. If you need help emailing these items to Amy, please contact her (amy-work@iaswcd.org).  It is up to the individual or organization submitting support material to confirm receipt.

5. Signature on the application: A typed signature from a Supervisor of the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is required in the signature line of the application. This will serve as verification that at least one District supervisor has reviewed the application and approves it. Applications without a SWCD Supervisor signature typed in the appropriate box will not be considered for the state award.

6. The Friend of Conservation award will be presented at the 2025 Statewide Conference of Indiana SWCDs in January.

7. Additional consideration will be given to those corporations, individuals or nonprofits/government entities whose project or accomplishment involved partnering with a local Soil and Water Conservation District in Indiana.
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