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Department grant programs

The DNR administers many grant programs. Grants are monetary awards that do not have to be paid back.

You can search for grant and reimbursement programs two different ways on this page.

  1. Alphabetically by Name - Click on the A-Z tab if you know the name of the program you're looking for. Then click on a grant title to go straight to the program details page.
  2. By Category - Click on a category tab and read a short summary of the program. The summary links to the program details page.

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Conservation/Wildlife

Acquisition of Development Rights (Stewardship)

Eligibility & purpose: Helps to buy development rights (easements) for the protection of natural, agricultural or forestry values that would enhance nature-based outdoor recreation. Applicants compete for funds on a statewide basis. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program

Eligibility & purpose: To expand citizen and volunteer participation in natural resource monitoring by providing funding and assistance with high priority projects. Qualifying topics include monitoring of aquatic and terrestrial species, natural communities and environmental components such as water, soil and air.
Maximum grant amount: $4,999
Contact: Eva Lewandowski, 608-264-6057
Deadline: request for proposals in the spring

County Conservation Aids

Eligibility & purpose: To provide counties and WI tribes with financial assistance to enhance fish and wildlife programs.
Maximum grant amount: Allocated per county
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Your DNR regional community service specialist [PDF]

County Good Neighbor Authority Program

Eligibility & purpose: The focus of the GNA Program is to assist in implementation of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Forest Plan. To participate in the County GNA Program, a county must have: established and enrolled lands as county forests under ss. 28.10 and 28.11, Wis. Stats.; a forester on staff, as defined by s. NR 1.21(2)(e), Wis. Admin. Code; and entered into a GNA Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DNR prior to signing a County GNA Program contract.
Contact: Joe Schwantes, 608-264-9217
Deadline: application materials may be submitted at any time during the year

Hunter Recruitment, Development, Training and Education Grant Program

Eligibility & purpose: The primary purpose of the Hunter Recruitment, Development, Training and Education grant program is to provide cost sharing grants to local clubs, organizations, communities, governments, Wisconsin Tribes, colleges, universities and technical schools to ensure the education, training and development of safe and ethical hunters and mentors with preference towards applicants focusing on adults, females and families.
Maximum grant amount: Up to $10,000 per award
Match requirement: 25 percent
Contact: Keith Warnke, 608-576-5243
Deadline: June 2, 2014

Landowner Incentive Program

Eligibility & purpose: To help private landowners create and manage habitat for species that are rare or declining by providing management advice, assistance with management plans and cost-share funding to individuals and organizations proposing projects on private lands throughout Wisconsin.
Maximum grant amount: $2,500 - $25,000
Match requirement: 25 percent minimum
Contact: Dawn Hinebaugh, 608-266-5243

Natural Areas (Stewardship)

Eligibility & purpose: Stewardship Natural Area grants compliment the State Natural Areas (SNA) Program, which are dedicated to the preservation of Wisconsin's native landscapes. Lands purchased with Natural Area funds must be within an existing SNA boundary or meet the criteria for inclusion in the SNA program. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Shooting Range Grant Program

Eligibility & purpose: Counties, cities, villages, townships, other governmental agencies or units, clubs or organizations, businesses or corporations and educational institutions can apply for assistance in outdoor shooting range construction, including: backstops and berms, target holders, shooting benches, baffles, protective fencing, signs, trenches, gun racks, platforms, restrooms and other items considered essential for the project by the department. Indoor ranges may be eligible as well, including classroom, storage and restroom facilities.
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Keith Warnke, 608-576-5243

Stamp Funds - Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl

Eligibility & purpose: To provide funding to support the development, maintenance, preservation, restoration and maintenance of each species and its associated habitat in Wisconsin. All non-profit conservation organizations and units of government are eligible to apply.
Maximum grant amount: None. Funding is allotted in two-year cycles. On average, the following amount is available during each biennium: Wild Turkey = $1.5 million; Pheasant = $300,000; Waterfowl = $700,000.
Match requirement: 50% match required for equipment purchases using Pheasant Stamp. Otherwise, match is not required but is strongly recommended.

Contact:

  • Wild Turkey and Pheasant Stamp: Mark Witecha (upland wildlife ecologist), 608-261-8458; or Krista Pham (assistant upland wildlife ecologist), 608-261-8458
  • Waterfowl Stamp: Jason Fleener (wetland habitat specialist), 608-266-7408; or Eddie Shea (assistant wetland habitat specialist), 608-261-0775

Deadline: Check website for next application deadline.

Streambank Protection (Stewardship)

Eligibility & purpose: The Streambank Protection Program protects water quality and fish habitat in Wisconsin by establishing buffers along high-priority waterways. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Summer Tribal Youth Program

Eligibility & purpose: The department may, in partnership with any of the federally recognized American Indian tribes or bands domiciled in this state, establish a summer program that provides members of the tribe or band who are 13 to 19 years of age with an opportunity to work on projects related to the conservation of natural resources. The department may not provide funding that exceeds 50 percent of the eligible program costs. The tribe or band shall be responsible for the remainder of those costs.
Maximum grant amount: Total available $250,000 annually for all grants
Match requirement: 50%
Contact: Karen Blodgett, 715-836-6574
Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by February 15 each year

WI Wetland Conservation Trust in Lieu Fee Mitigation Program (WWCT)

Eligibility & purpose: Public agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, WI Tribes, any entity registered with the WI Department of Financial Institutions, or any Wisconsin landowners may apply for a grant to preserve, enhance, and restore wetland resources to compensate for the loss wetland functions in accordance with a watershed approach. Wetland Conservation Trust is an in-lieu fee wetland mitigation program that utilizes revenue generated through the sale of advanced credits.
Maximum grant amount: Varies - see web page
Match requirement: None
Contact: Beth Norquist, 715-839-3751
Deadline: Check website for next application deadline.

Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) Grants

Eligibility & purpose: Any town, city, village, county, or WI Tribe in an urban area may apply to help urban areas develop wildlife plans, implement specific damage abatement and/or control measures for white-tailed deer and/or Canada geese.
Maximum grant amount: $5,000 per grant; $25,000 available annually for all grants
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: October 1 through December 1 each year

Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program

Eligibility & purpose: Counties may apply for funds to abate damage and partially compensate commercial agricultural producers for damages from white-tailed deer, black bear, turkey, Canada geese, and/or elk.
Maximum grant amount: $10,000
Match requirement: None
Contact: Brad Koele, 715-356-5211 x234
Deadline: Check website for next application deadline.

Forestry

County Forest Acquisition (Stewardship)

Eligibility & purpose: To expand nature-based recreational opportunities by adding to lands in the county forest system. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Doug Brown, 715-452-2188, ext. 1263

County Forest Acreage Share Payments

Eligibility & Purpose: Towns in counties that have lands enrolled in the County Forest Law are eligible to receive payments from the DNR. Towns receive annual $.30 per acre payments based on their acreage enrolled under the County Forest Law. No application is necessary. Towns with qualifying acreage receive the payments automatically in the spring of each year and the Town determines how the payments are to be used.
Maximum Award: $.30 per acre for acreage enrolled in the County Forest Law
Match: None
Contact: Doug Brown, 715-452-2188, ext. 1263

County Forest Administration

Eligibility & Purpose: Any county employing a professional forester in the capacity of county forest administrator or assistant county forest administrator can receive up to 50 percent of its employee's annual salary and fringe benefit costs. In addition, funding is available for up to 50 percent of the dues to a non-profit organization that provides counsel to the county forest administrator and that serves as an organizational liaison for DNR.
Maximum Award: No grant maximum. The dues portion is capped at $50,000 statewide.
Match: None
Contact: Doug Brown, 715-452-2188, ext. 1263
Deadline: Applications must be submitted by January 31 of each year.

County Forest Sustainable Grant

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties with lands enrolled in the County Forest Law are eligible to apply for grants to be used for special, short term or unanticipated projects that promote sustainable forestry. Projects cannot include land acquisition, surveying, paying of permanent staff or upgrades to existing computer software or hardware.
Award amounts: Minimum - $1,000; Maximum - 25 percent of available funding ($61,500 based on FY12 funding).
Match: None
Contact: Doug Brown, 715-452-2188, ext. 1263
Deadline: Applications are acception on August 15 and December 1

County Forest Wildlife Habitat Grant

Eligibility & Purpose: Funds are available to finance county forest wildlife habitat management with emphasis on forest wildlife habitat improvement, inventories and wildlife education. Funding is available at $.05/acre for counties that have lands in the county forest program.
Maximum grant: $.05/acre of land entered into the County Forest program.
Match required: None
Contact: Doug Brown, 715-452-2188, ext. 1263

County Good Neighbor Authority Program

Eligibility & purpose: The focus of the GNA Program is to assist in implementation of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF) Forest Plan. To participate in the County GNA Program, a county must have: established and enrolled lands as county forests under ss. 28.10 and 28.11, Wis. Stats.; a forester on staff, as defined by s. NR 1.21(2)(e), Wis. Admin. Code; and entered into a GNA Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the DNR prior to signing a County GNA Program contract.
Contact: Doug Brown, 715-452-2188, ext. 1263
Deadline: application materials may be submitted at any time during the year

Forest Fire Protection (FFP)

Eligibility & Purpose: To expand the use of local fire departments to augment and strengthen the DNR's overall initial attack fire suppression capabilities by providing grant funds for personal protective equipment (PPE), training, prevention, tools/equipment, communication equipment, dry hydrants and vehicles. Eligible Wisconsin fire departments are those that have an executed forest-fire suppression agreement with the DNR; eligible Wisconsin county/area fire associations are those with a majority of the fire department members serving organized forest fire control area designated by DNR.
Contact: Jennifer Feyerherm, 608-266-1967
Deadline: July 1 of each year

Gypsy Moth Suppression Program

Eligibility & Purpose: To reduce outbreaks of the gypsy moth species populations below the level at which they can cause heavy defoliation. Landowners may request their county participate in the voluntary Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. Counties may apply for grants to fund their participation in the program, provided they have designated a local coordinator. Tribal, federal and state lands apply through their county's program. The suppression program consists of an aerial insecticide treatment. Landowners within the proposed block that object to treatment may have their property excluded from the spray block.
Maximum grant amount: Expenses directly relevant to the suppression program, aerial spray and administrative costs will be cost-shared based on the amount of funding received from the US Forest Service.
Match requirement: Privately owned lands under 500 acres per owner may be cost-shared up to 50 percent. Privately owned lands of over 500 acres per owner may be cost-shared up to 33 percent. Publicly owned lands may be cost shared up to 25 percent.
Contact: Kathleen Hanson, 608-266-9426
Deadline/funding cycle: Applications are due December 1. Expense worksheets are due January 7 and July 15. Log sheets, payments for total cost of aerial spray and telephone contacts are due April 1.

Urban Forestry Grant & Urban Forestry Catastrophic Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: To fund projects that improve a community's capacity to manage its trees and projects that help conserve, protect, expand or improve the urban forest resource. The grants are intended to support new projects, not to subsidize current, ongoing operations or replace existing funds. Catastrophic grants are available following a catastrophic storm event for which the governor has declared a state of emergency.
Maximum grant amount: $5,000 for start-up grants; $25,000 for regular grants; $50,000 for catastrophic storm grants.
Match requirement: 50 percent for start-up and regular grants; 100 percent for catastrophic storm grants
Contact: See Urban Forestry Grant page
Deadline: Check website for next application deadline.

Weed Management Area - Private Forest Grant Program (WMA-PFGP)

Eligibility & Purpose: Local governments and Weed Management Groups interested in good stewardship of natural resources and meeting specific requirements may apply for grants to address invasive plants, both by dealing directly with the invasives and by providing education, information and outreach to others. Cost sharing of 75% is provided for eligible costs. See grant web page for special applicant requirements.
Maximum grant amount: Maximum cost-share amount established by DNR each year; consult grant web page.
Match requirement: 25 percent cost share
Contact: Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494
Deadline/funding cycle: Applications due: April 1, Awards granted: July 1

Wisconsin Forest Landowner Grant Program (WFLGP)

Eligibility & Purpose: To assist private landowners in protecting and enhancing their forested lands, prairies and waters. The program allows qualified landowners to be reimbursed up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of eligible practices. Private landowners in Wisconsin are eligible for WFLGP funding if they own at least 10 contiguous acres of non-industrial private forest but not more than 500 acres within Wisconsin.
Maximum grant amount: Maximum cost shares earned set by the state - currently $10,000/year.
Match requirement: 50 percent cost share
Contact: Jeff Soellner (608-267-7152)
Deadline/funding cycle: August 1, November 1, February 1, May 1

Motorized

Grant programs in this category cover grant programs related to ATVs, UTVs, boats and boating facilities, snowmobiles and public and private fleets.

ATV Enhancement

Eligibility & Purpose: Annual grant to a non-profit organization that promotes the safe and wise use of ATVs, ATV riding and ATV education.
Maximum grant amount: $297,000
Match requirement: None
Contact: Gary Eddy, 608-245-2315
Deadline/funding cycle: Annually beginning July 1 of each year

ATV Patrols

Eligibility & Purpose: Issued to Wisconsin county sheriff departments that participate in ATV enforcement efforts.
Maximum grant amount: $495,000, shared with all participating patrols.
Match requirement: None
Contact: Julie Fitzgerald, 608-266-2142
Deadline: May 31st of each year

ATV Trails

Eligibility & Purpose: Issued to counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes to acquire, insure, develop and maintain ATV trails, areas and routes.
Maximum grant amount: None
Match requirement: None
Contact: Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494 or Your regional Community Service Specialist
Deadline: Applications are due April 15

Boat Patrol Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Issued to Wisconsin counties and municipalities that participate in boating enforcement efforts.
Grant range: $1.2 million - $1.4 million, shared with all participating patrols up to 75 percent reimbursement.
Match requirement: None
Contact: Roy Zellmer, 608-264-8970
Deadlines: Various

Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program

Eligibility & Purpose: Tier 1 for smaller projects that add transient boating infrastructure to the area. Tier 2 for larger projects and are competitively judged at the national level.
Grant range: Tier 1 - up to $100,000 per state; Tier 2 - varies depending on national competition and other factors. Awarded projects are fully funded as long as funds are available.
Match requirement: 25 percent
Contact: Heidi Nelson, 608-266-5687
Deadlines: June 1 through September

Clean Diesel Grant Program

Eligibility & Purpose: To help reduce diesel emissions from both public and private vehicle fleets across the state.
Contact: Liesl Stewart, 608-266-7679, or dnrcleandiesel@wisconsin.gov
Deadline: Check web page for next application deadline

Clean Vessel Act (CVA)

Eligibility & Purpose:A nationwide competitive federal grant program that provides funding to states as part of an effort to clean up the nation's waterways. The CVA encourages states to subcontract with private marinas/businesses as well as local units of government to construct projects.
Contact: Your DNR regional community service specialist
Deadline: Applications are accepted at any time.

Motorized Stewardship Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties, towns, cities, villages and WI tribes are eligible to request funding for new bridges on existing funded trails, major bridge reconstruction/rehabilitation & rehabilitation of funded trails.
Match requirement: 20 percent local share
Contact: Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494 or Your regional Community Service Specialist
Deadline: April 15 each year

Recreational Boating Facilities

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties, towns, cities, villages, WI tribes, sanitary districts, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts and qualified lake associations for recreational boating facility projects.
Maximum grant amount: Varies
Match requirement: 50 percent or greater
Contact: Bobbi Winebar, 920-662-5175
Deadline: Check website for next application deadline.

Snowmobile Patrols

Eligibility & Purpose: Wisconsin county sheriff departments that participate in snowmobile enforcement efforts.
Maximum grant amount: $396,000, shared with all participating patrols.
Match requirement: None
Contact: Julie Fitzgerald, 608-266-2142
Deadline: May 31 each year

Snowmobile Trail Aids

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties and WI tribes may apply for funding to provide a statewide system of well-signed and well-groomed snowmobile trails for public use and enjoyment.
Maximum grant amount: None
Match requirement: None
Contact: Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494 or Your regional Community Service Specialist
Deadline: April 15 each year

Sport Fish Restoration (SFR)

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties, towns, cities, villages, tribes, sanitary districts, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, and qualified lake associations may apply for grants to construct fishing piers and motorboat access projects.
Maximum grant amount: Varies
Match requirement: Usually 50%
Contact: Your DNR regional community service specialist
Deadline: February 1 each year

Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) Trails

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes can apply for funds for maintenance of UTV trails, minor development, gates and signing. This is a companion program to ATV Trail Aids.
Maximum grant amount: Varies
Match requirement: Varies
Contact: Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494 or Your regional Community Service Specialist
Deadline: April 15 each year

Recreation

Acquisition & Development of Local Parks (Stewardship)

Eligibility & Purpose: Helps to buy land or easements and develop or renovate local park and recreation area facilities for nature-based outdoor recreation purposes (e.g., trails, fishing access and park support facilities). Applicants compete for funds on a regional basis. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Friends of State Lands (Stewardship)

Eligibility & Purpose: Grants from this program help improve facilities, build new recreation projects and restore habitat on state properties. This grant program is part of Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Habitat Area (Stewardship)

Eligibility & Purpose: Protects and restores important wildlife habitat in Wisconsin in order to expand opportunities for wildlife-based recreation such as hunting, trapping, hiking, bird watching, fishing, nature appreciation and wildlife viewing. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - Nationally Competitve Program

Eligibility & Purpose: A nationally competitive federal program that will create or reinvigorate parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in areas delineated by the Census Bureau as comprising densely settled territory that contains 50,000 or more people. The State of Wisconsin will be able to submit two applications to compete for the available funding.
Available funding: $3 million nationwide. Each state may submit 2 applications for consideration.
Maximum amount per project proposal: $500,000
Minimum amount per project proposal: $250,000
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Jennifer Gihring, 608-264-6138
Deadline: Check website for next application deadline (application included with Stewardship Local Assistance application booklet)

Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - State Program

Eligibility & Purpose: This Federal program encourages creation and interpretation of high-quality outdoor recreational opportunities. Funds received by the DNR for this program are split between DNR projects and grants to local governments for outdoor recreation activities. Grants cover 50 percent of eligible project costs.
Maximum grant amount: Varies
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Jennifer Gihring, 608-264-6138
Deadline: May 1 each year (application included with Stewardship Local Assistance application booklet)

Recreational Trail Aids (RTA/RTP)

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties, towns, cities, villages, WI Tribes, and incorporated organizations may apply for grant funding for development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. Funds from this program may be used in conjunction with the state snowmobile or ATV programs and Stewardship development projects.
Maximum grant amount: $45,000 ($200,000 every third calendar year)
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Ed Slaminski, 715-635-4130
Deadline: May 1 each year (application included with Stewardship Local Assistance application booklet)

State Trails (Stewardship)

Eligibility & purpose: Applications for grants under this subprogram must be for properties identified as part of the State Trail system. It is possible for sponsors to nominate additional trails for state trail designation. The Streambank Protection Program protects water quality and fish habitat in Wisconsin by establishing buffers along high-priority waterways. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Urban Green Space (Stewardship)

Eligibility & Purpose: These grants help buy land or easements in urban areas to preserve the scenic and ecological values of natural open spaces for nature-based outdoor recreation, including non-commercial gardening. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

Urban Rivers (Stewardship)

Eligibility & Purpose: These grants helps buy land on rivers flowing through urban or urbanizing areas to preserve or restore the scenic and environmental values of riverways for nature-based outdoor recreation. This grant program is part of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program

Recycling

Basic Recycling Grant to Responsible Units

Eligibility & Purpose: Recycling Responsible Units (cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes or solid waste management system) with a DNR-approved Effective Recycling Program may apply for funding to offset costs of residential recycling and yard waste programs. Applicants may also qualify for the Recycling Consolidation Grant.
Maximum grant amount: None; statutory formula is used to calculate grant award.
Match requirement: None
Contact: Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: Applications are submitted from July through October 1 each year for the upcoming grant year.

Recycling Consolidation Grant

Eligibility & Purpose: Grant assistance available to Recycling Responsible Units with DNR-approved Effective Recycling Programs. Successful applicants will receive these funds at the same time as Basic Recycling grants.
Maximum grant amount: Statewide funding is limited to $1,000,000; awards are provided on a per capita basis.
Match requirement: None
Contact: Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: Applications are submitted from July through October 1 each year for the upcoming grant year.

Remediation

Dry Cleaner Environmental Response Fund

Eligibility & Purpose: A reimbursement program for dry cleaners for the investigation and cleanup costs of dry cleaning facilities.
Contact: Jennifer Feyerherm, 608-266-1967
Deadline: Closed to new applicants.

Ready for Reuse Hazardous Substance Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Cleanup of hazardous substance contamination at brownfields.
Contact: Gena Larson, 608-261-5404
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.

Ready for Reuse Petroleum Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Cleanup of petroleum contamination at brownfields.
Contact: Gena Larson, 608-261-5404
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.

Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM)

Eligibility & Purpose: Local government, WI Tribes or other eligible tribal entity under 40 CFR 31.3, and eligible private entities may apply for funding to assess brownfields sites resulting from closed or closing industrial plants that are acting as impediments to economic redevelopment. Funds are awarded through Contractor Services awards.
Maximum grant amount: Varies
Match requirement: Varies
Contact: Tom Coogan, 608-267-7560
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.

Water

Grant programs in this category cover lakes, rivers, dams, wells and other water-related grant programs.

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention and Control Grants (now Surface Water Grants)

Eligibility & Purpose: Issued to counties, cities, towns, villages, WI Tribes, other local governmental units as defined in s. 66.0131(1)(a), Wis Stats., Public Inland Lake Protection & Rehabilitation Districts, Town sanitary districts, Qualified lake associations, Qualified river management organizations, Qualified school districts (not for Lake Protection Grants), Private and public colleges, universities and technical schools, Qualified nonprofit conservation organizations, Qualified nonprofit organizations, State and federal natural resource agencies, and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) licensed hydroelectric corporations to prevent and control the spread of aquatic invasive species in the waters of the state.
Maximum grant amount: Education, Prevention and Planning projects = $150,000; Established Population Control projects = $200,000; Early Detection and Response projects = $20,000; Research and Development = annual funding limit of $500,000; Maintenance and Containment = permit fee reimbursement
Match Requirement: 25 percent
Contact: DNR Regional Lake Coordinator or Kathleen Hanson, 608-266-9426
Deadlines: AIS Education, Prevention and Planning - December 10; Established Population Control - February 1; Research and Development - year-round; Early Detection and Response - year-round; Maintenance and Containment - year-round

Dam Municipal Grant Program

Eligibility & Purpose: Cost-sharing for any county, city, village, town, Tribe, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district (lake district) to improve the dam safety. Eligible projects include dam maintenance, repair, modification, or abandonment and removal. Private dam owners are not eligible to apply.
Contact: Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: Check website for next application deadline

Dam Removal Grant Program

Eligibility & Purpose: Any county, city, village, town, Tribe, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district, or person who owns the dam may apply. Other entities may apply as the authorized representative of the actual dam owner if the dam owner is willing to allow their dam to be removed. Dam removal grant funds cover costs directly related to planning for the actual removal, implementing the dam removal and the restoration of the impoundment.
Maximum grant amount: $50,000
Match requirement: 100 percent
Contact: Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: Applications may be submitted on a continual basis

Lake Classification and Lake Protection Grants (now Surface Water Grants)

Eligibility & Purpose: To help develop and implement local land and water management programs that are targeted to specific classes of lakes in response to various development and recreational use pressures. Lake Protection Grants improve or protect the quality of water in lakes or the quality of natural ecosystems, implement protection activities for the lakes based on their classification and implement the recommendations of a lake management plan.
Maximum grant amount: Classification = $50,000; Protection = $200,000
Match Requirement: 25 percent
Contact: DNR Regional Lake Coordinator or Kathleen Hanson, 608-266-9426
Deadlines: Lake Classification and Ordinance Development - December 10 each year; Lake Protection - February 1 each year

Lake Management Planning - Large and Small Scale Lakes (now Surface Water Grants)

Eligibility & Purpose: Cost-sharing for qualifying local governments and WI tribes to collect and analyze information needed to protect and restore lakes and their watersheds.
Maximum grant amount: Small scale projects = $3,000; Large scale projects = $25,000
Match Requirement: 33 percent
Contact: DNR Regional Lake Coordinator or Kathleen Hanson, 608-266-9426
Deadline: December 10 each year

Municipal Flood Control Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Cities, villages, towns, WI Tribes, and metropolitan sewerage districts may apply for grant funding to acquire land, remove structures, floodproof structures, administrative support, and other related activities.
Maximum grant amount: Varies; no more than 20 percent of total grant established by State Budget
Match requirement: 30 percent
Contact: Jeff Soellner 608-267-7152
Deadline: March 15 of even-numbered years

Notice of Intent/Discharge Cost-Share Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Cost-share funding grants to governmental units working with owners and operators of livestock operations to meet pollution control requirements imposed by the DNR.
Maximum grant amount: Varies
Match requirement: Varies
Contact: Aaron Larson, 608-267-9385
Deadline: Applications are generally accepted mid-April, mid-June, and mid-August. Check web page for details.

River Protection Planning & River Protection Management Grants (now Surface Water Grants)

Eligibility & Purpose: River Protection Planning grants are available for: formation of a qualified river management organization or in strengthening an existing organization; protection or improvement of rivers and their ecosystems; river improvement education projects; assessments and plan development. River Protection Management grants are available for: fee simple or conservation easement acquisition; local ordinance development; installation of nonpoint source pollution control practices and river restoration activities; and education, planning and design activities necessary for completion of a management project.
Maximum grant amount: Planning = $10,000; Management = $50,000
Match requirement: 25 percent
Contact: DNR Regional River Coordinator or Kathleen Hanson, 608-266-9426
Deadlines: River Protection Planning - December 10 each year; River Protection Management - February 1 each year

Targeted Runoff Management Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, tribal governments, and special purpose lake, sewerage and sanitary districts may apply for grants to reimburse costs for agriculture or urban nonpoint source pollution control in targeted, critical geographic areas with surface water or groundwater quality concerns.
Maximum grant amount: Large-scale = $1 million; small-scale = $150,000
Match requirement: 30 percent
Contact: Aaron Larson, 608-267-9385
Deadlines: April 15 each year

Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Management Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Cities, villages, towns, counties, regional planning commissions, WI Tribes, and special purpose lake, sewage, or sanitary districts may apply for planning or construction projects controlling urban nonpoint source and storm water runoff pollution. Applicants must have either jurisdiction over the project area or be required to control storm water discharge with an inter-governmental agreement between the municipality and the Department of Natural Resources.
Maximum grant amount: Construction: $150,000. Additional $50,000 may be requested for property acquisition.
Match requirement: Planning: 50 percent
Contacts: Aaron Larson, 608-267-9385
Deadlines: April 15 of even-numbered years for Construction projects; April 15 of odd-numbered years for Planning projects.

Watershed Approach to Wetland Conservation Planning

Eligibility & Purpose: The Wisconsin DNR (WDNR) is looking for a partner to collaborate on this statewide project, through a one-time grant award. A successful partner will have an established track record of collaboration with the WDNR in watershed and wetland conservation including: 1) cooperative watershed planning, 2) mutual sharing of data and methods for watershed and wetland conservation, 3) providing in-kind match on key projects, and 3) sharing strategies and goals to promote the health of watersheds and the communities they contain. Work must be completed within 20 months of signing the grant agreement. The WDNR will negotiate specific budget items and eligible project costs with the successful applicant.
Contact:
Deadline: December 3, 2014

Well Abandonment

Eligibility & Purpose: Financial assistance for individuals to properly abandon unused private wells. Unused wells are a direct line for contamination into clean ground water.
Maximum grant amount: 75 percent of eligible expenses
Match requirement: 25 percent
Contacts: Randell Clark (608-267-7895), Deb Lyons-Roehl (608-267-9350), or
Sara deBruijn (Madison 608-266-5742 or Milwaukee 414-263-8704)
Deadlines: Applications may be submitted at any time.

Well Compensation

Eligibility & Purpose: Landowners (and other eligible applicants) can apply for financial assistance for replacing, reconstructing or treating contaminated private water supplies that serve a residence or are for watering livestock.
Maximum grant amount: $9,000, award amount with a hardship option possible based on income
Match requirement: Minimum of $250 with 25 percent usually
Contacts: Randell Clark (608-267-7895), Deb Lyons-Roehl (608-267-9350), or
Sara deBruijn (Madison 608-266-5742 or Milwaukee 414-263-8704)
Deadlines: Applications may be submitted at any time.

Last revised: Friday November 11 2016