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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: Owen Boyle, 608-261-6449
Deadline: request for proposals in the spring

Conservation Capacity: Assistance to Nonprofit Conservation Organizations

Eligibility & purpose: This two-year grant is awarded to an organization that strengthens the organizational capacity of nonprofit conservation organizations (NCOs) in the state. The award amount has varied per appropriations in the state’s biennial budget. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations with strong programmatic focus on technical assistance to NCOs.
Maximum grant amount: Up to $138,000 per year
Match requirement: 25 percent
Contact: Lavane Hessler, 608-267-0497 or 715-839-3709
Deadline: May 30th, odd-numbered years

Conservation Capacity: Assistance for Private Conservation Activities

Eligibility & purpose: This two-year grant is awarded to an organization that utilizes private contributions to protect and enhance the state's natural resources with a special focus on conservation of endangered resources. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations.
Maximum grant amount: $84,100 per year
Match requirement: 25 percent
Contact: Lavane Hessler, 608-267-0497 or 715-839-3709
Deadline: November 1st, odd-numbered years

Conservation Capacity: Ice Age Trail

Eligibility & purpose: This two-year grant is awarded to an organization that supports the development, maintenance, protection and promotion of the Ice Age Trail.
Maximum grant amount: $74,200 per year
Match requirement: $25,000 per year
Contact: Lavane Hessler, 608-267-0497 or 715-839-3709
Deadline: November 1st, odd-numbered years

Conservation Capacity: Urban Land Conservation

Eligibility & purpose: This two-year grant is awarded to an organization that builds the capacity of urban conservation in the state. The grant is defined in statute to support urban forest protection, water resource enhancement or other urban open space objectives. Eligible applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations.
Maximum grant amount: $74,200 per year
Match requirement: $25,000
Contact: Lavane Hessler, 608-267-0497 or 715-839-3709
Deadline: February 1st, even-numbered years

County Conservation Aids

Eligibility & purpose: To provide counties and tribal governing bodies with financial assistance to enhance fish and wildlife programs.
Maximum grant amount: Allocated per county
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Your regional Community Financial Assistance contact [PDF]

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: turkey - $1.5 million; pheasant - $600,000; waterfowl - $1.1 milion
Match requirement: None required, but strongly recommended.
Contact: Krista McGinley, 608-261-8458

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: Diane Conklin, 715-822-8583
Deadline: Applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2014

Wisconsin Walleye Initiative (look under the Production grants tab)

Eligibility & purpose: This grant program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants for the purpose of increasing production capacity of extended-growth walleye fingerlings (6-8 inches) for stocking in state waters. Eligible applicants include all Wisconsin cities, villages, towns and counties; federally recognized Indian tribes or bands located in Wisconsin; and private fish farms located in Wisconsin. Fish farms must be registered with Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal environmental and fish health related laws.

The state will be awarding two million dollars in one grant application cycle. Applications for grant funding will be accepted by the DNR from December 4, 2013 until January 31, 2014. The total grant amount awarded to an individual grantee or hatchery may not exceed $500,000.
Maximum grant amount: $500,000
Match requirement: None needed but could be beneficial when reviewed
Contact: Brian Goodman, 608-267-0848
Deadline: January 31, 2014

Urban Wildlife Damage Abatement and Control (UWDAC) Grants

Eligibility & purpose: To help urban areas develop wildlife plans, implement specific damage abatement and/or control measures for white-tailed deer and/or Canada geese. They are available to any town, city, village, county or tribal government in an urban area.
Maximum grant amount: $5,000 per grant; $25,000 available annually for all grants
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: Brad Koele, 608-266-2151, or Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: October 1 through December 1 each year

Wildlife Damage Abatement and Claims Program

Eligibility & purpose: To provide damage abatement assistance and partial compensation to commercial agricultural producers for damages from white-tailed deer, black bear, turkey, Canada geese and/or elk. This is a state program that is administered through participating counties. Currently all counties participate in the program with the exception of Kenosha and Menominee.
Maximum grant amount: $10,000
Match requirement: None
Contact: Brad Koele, 608-266-2151

Forestry

County Forest Acquisition (Stewardship)

Eligibility & purpose: This program is meant 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.

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: Joe Schwantes, 608-264-9217

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: Joe Schwantes, 608-264-9217
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: Joe Schwantes, 608-264-9217
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: Joe Schwantes, 608-264-9217 or Jane Riley, 608-2661-0774

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: Nicole Mathews, 608-266-5742
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 counties participate in the voluntary Gypsy Moth Suppression Program. Counties are eligible to 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: Nicole Mathews, 608-266-5742
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.
Match requirement: 50 percent
Contact: See Urban Forestry Grant page

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

Eligibility & Purpose: The WMA-PFGP assists eligible weed management groups (WMG) in addressing invasive plants, both by dealing directly with the invasives and by providing education, information and outreach to others. This is a reimbursement program that covers up to 75% of the eligible costs, 25% match is required.
Maximum grant amount: Maximum cost shares earned set by the state - currently $15,000/year.
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: Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494
Deadline/funding cycle: August 1, November 1, February 1, May 1

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 national competitive federal program that will create or reinvigorate parks and other outdoor recreation spaces in areas delineated by the Census Bureau for the 2010 Census 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: Lavane Hessler, 608-267-0497 or 715-839-3709

Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) - State Program

Eligibility & Purpose: This is a Federal program administered in all states that 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: Lavane Hessler, 608-267-0497 or 715-839-3709

Recreational Trail Aids (RTA)

Eligibility & Purpose: Municipal governments and incorporated organizations are eligible to receive reimbursement for development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses. Eligible sponsors may be reimbursed for up to 50 percent of the total project costs. 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: Diane Conklin, 715-822-8583
Deadline: May 1

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: Awards are made to responsible units (cities, towns, villages, counties, tribes or solid waste management system) for residential recycling and yard waste program costs that are reasonable and necessary for planning and operating an effective recycling program. If you are eligible to apply for this basic Recycling Grant you may also qualify for the Recycling Consolidation Grant.
Maximum grant amount: Calculated on a proportional basis.
Match requirement: None
Contact: Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: Applications are submitted from July through October 1 for the upcoming grant year.

Recycling Consolidation Grant

Eligibility & Purpose: The Recycling Consolidation grant is in addition to the Basic Recycling Grant. This grant program was created in the State 2011-13 Budget to offer supplemental assistance for Responsible Units (RUs) that meet the eligibility criteria in s. 287.24, Wis. Stats.
Maximum grant amount: Funding in the amount of $1,000,000 is available for distribution among qualified RUs on a per capita basis.
Match requirement: None
Contact: Kari Beetham, 608-264-9207
Deadline: Applications are submitted from July through October 1 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: Christine Haag, 608-266-0244
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: Christine Haag, 608-266-0244
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.

Wisconsin Assessment Monies (WAM)

Eligibility & Purpose: The WAM program aids local governments and others in investigating brownfields throughout the state. This program concentrates on assessing specific brownfields sites where closed or closing industrial plants are acting as impediments to economic redevelopment. Funds are awarded through Contractor Services Awards.
Contact: Jenna Soyer, 608-267-0543
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.

Vehicles

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: Gary Eddy, 608-245-2315
Deadline: April 1 through September 1 of each year

ATV Trails

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes can apply for funds to acquire, insure, develop and maintain ATV trails, areas and routes.
Maximum grant amount: None
Match requirement: None
Contact: Diane Conklin, 715-822-8583
Deadline: Applications are due April 15

Boat Enforcement Patrol

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 is designed for smaller projects that add transient boating infrastructure to the area. Tier 2 is awarded to 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: Carol Bentzler, 608-266-5687
Deadlines: June 1 through September 19, 2014

Clean Diesel Grant Program

Eligibility & Purpose: To help reduce diesel emissions from both public and private vehicle fleets across the state.
Contact: Liesel Doty, 608-266-7679
Deadline: September 19, 2014

Clean Vessel Grant Program (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: These grants may be used by counties, towns, cities, villages, and tribes for new bridges on existing funded trails, major bridge reconstruction/rehabilitation & rehabilitation of funded trails.
Match requirement: 20 percent local match
Contact: ATV/UTV - Diane Conklin, 715-822-8583
Snowmobile - Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494
Deadline: April 15, 2014

Recreational Boating Facilities

Eligibility & Purpose: These grants may be used by counties, towns, cities, villages, tribes, sanitary districts, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts and qualified lake associations for recreational boating facility projects.
Match requirement: 50 percent or greater.
Contact: Diane Conklin, 715-822-8583
Deadline: Applications accepted year-round.

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: Gary Eddy, 608-245-2315
Deadline: April 1 through September 1 of each year

Snowmobile Trail Aids

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties and tribes can apply for funding to provide a statewide system of well-signed and well-groomed snowmobile trails for public use and enjoyment.
Contact: Cathy Burrow, 608-267-0494
Deadline: April 15

Sport Fish Restoration (SFR)

Eligibility & Purpose: Used to construct fishing piers and motorboat access projects.
Match requirement: Usually 50%
Contact: Your DNR regional community service specialist
Deadline: February 1 annually

UTV Trail Aids

Eligibility & Purpose: This is a companion program to ATV Trail Aids. Counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes can apply for funds for maintenance of trails, minor development, gates and signing.
Contact: Diane Conklin, 715-822-8583 or Your regional Community Service Specialist [PDF]
Deadline: April 15

Water

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

Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Control Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Aquatic Invasive Species Control Grants help 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
Deadline: February 1 (spring grant cycle) and August 1 (fall grant cycle) for all projects except Early Detection and Response and Research and Demonstration projects, which are accepted year-round.

Dam Municipal Grant Program

Eligibility & Purpose: Provides a cost-sharing opportunity to any county, city, village, town, Tribe, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation district (lake district) to improve the safety of the dam. 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: Applications due January 22, 2014

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

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
Deadline: May 1

Lake Management Planning - Large and Small Scale Lakes

Eligibility & Purpose: Funding for qualifying local governments and 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: February 1 (spring grant cycle) and August 1 (fall grant cycle)

Municipal Flood Control Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Available to all cities, villages, towns, tribes and metropolitan sewerage districts to provide assistance with items such as the acquisition of property, vacant land, structure removal, flood proofing, administrative support and other 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) or Gary Heinrichs (608-266-3093)
Deadline: March 15, 2012

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.
Contact: Amy Callis, 608-267-7628
Deadline: Applications are bundled and reviewed three scheduled times during the year: mid-April, mid-June and mid-August.

River Protection Planning & River Protection Management Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: River Protection Planning grants assist in the 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 purchasing land or conservation easements, local ordinance development, installation of nonpoint source pollution control practices and river restoration activities. They may also be used for 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: May 1

Targeted Runoff Management Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Competitive grants for local governments. Grants 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: Linda Talbot, 608-267-7551
Deadlines: April 15, 2013

Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Management Grants

Eligibility & Purpose: Competitive grants to local governments to reimburse costs of planning or construction projects controlling urban nonpoint source and storm water runoff pollution.
Maximum grant amount: Planning: $85,000; Construction: $150,000
Match requirement: Planning: 70 percent; Construction: 50 percent
Contacts: Linda Talbot, (608-267-7551) or Dave Calhoon, (608-267-9385)
Deadlines: April 15, 2013

Walleye Initiative (look under the Production grants tab)

Eligibility & purpose: This grant program provides financial assistance to eligible applicants for the purpose of increasing production capacity of extended-growth walleye fingerlings (6-8 inches) for stocking in state waters. Eligible applicants include all Wisconsin cities, villages, towns and counties; federally recognized Indian tribes or bands located in Wisconsin; and private fish farms located in Wisconsin. Fish farms must be registered with Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and must be in compliance with all applicable state and federal environmental and fish health related laws.

The state will be awarding two million dollars in one grant application cycle. Applications for grant funding will be accepted by the DNR from December 4, 2013 until January 31, 2014. The total grant amount awarded to an individual grantee or hatchery may not exceed $500,000.
Maximum grant amount: $500,000
Match requirement: None needed but could be beneficial when reviewed
Contact: Brian Goodman, 608-267-0848
Deadline: January 31, 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: Martin Nessman (608-267-2449), Jeff Soellner (608-267-7152), or Deb Lyons-Roehl (608-267-9350)
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 is based on income
Match requirement: Minimum of $250
Contacts: Martin Nessman (608-267-2449), Jeff Soellner (608-267-7152), or Deb Lyons-Roehl (608-267-9350)
Deadlines: Applications may be submitted at any time.

Last revised: Monday August 11 2014