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For general information on DNR grant & loan programs, contact:
Bureau of CFA
Phone: 608-266-7555
Fax: 608-267-0496

Bureau of Community Financial Assistance - CF/2
Dept of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
Madison WI  53707-7921

Department loan programs

The DNR administers the following loan programs.

Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP)

Eligibility & Purpose: Provides subsidized interest rate loans to municipalities seeking to fund wastewater and storm water infrastructure projects. Also includes pilot projects to fund adaptive management and other non-traditional projects to comply with a municipality's permit limit.
Deadline: Applications are accepted year round for projects not seeking Hardship Financial Assistance or Principal Forgiveness. Deadline for Intent to Apply (ITA) & Priority Evaluation and Ranking Formula (PERF) is October 31 for the following SFY funding cycle.
CWFP Contact: Matt Marcum, 608-264-8986

County Forest Project Loan

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties with lands enrolled in the County Forest Law are eligible to apply for interest free loans to be used for meritorious and economically productive forestry operations including land acquisition. Funds may not be used for construction of recreational facilities or fish and game projects. Projects must be consistent with the county forest comprehensive land use plan (15 year plan).
Maximum Award: Cannot exceed 25 percent of available funding.
Match: None
Contact: Joe Schwantes, 608-264-9217

County Forest Variable Acreage Share Loan

Eligibility & Purpose: Counties with lands enrolled in the County Forest Law are eligible to apply for interest-free loans to be used for the purchase, development, preservation and maintenance of County Forest lands. Projects must be consistent with the county forest comprehensive land use plan (15 year plan).
Maximum Award: $.10-.50 per acre of land enrolled as "regular class" County Forest.
Match: None
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.
Contact: Joe Schwantes, 608-264-9217

Ready for Reuse Loans

Eligibility & Purpose: Cleanup of hazardous substance and petroleum contamination at brownfields.
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.
Contact: Christine Haag, 608-266-0244

Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP)

Eligibility & Purpose: Provides subsidized interest rate loans to municipalities seeking to fund drinking water infrastructure projects.
Deadline: Applications must be submitted by June 30 for the upcoming State Fiscal Year (SFY) funding cycle. Deadline for Intent to Apply (ITA) & Priority Evaluation and Ranking Formula (PERF) is October 31 for the following SFY funding cycle.
SDWLP Contact: Nicole Mathews, 608-266-0849

Last revised: Tuesday August 23 2016