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For general information on DNR loan programs, contact:
Community Financial Assistance
608-266-7555

Department loan programs

The DNR administers the following loan programs.

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

Environmental Improvement Fund (EIF)

Eligibility & Purpose: The Environmental Improvement Fund (EIF) combines two environmental financing programs for local governments: the Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) and the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP).
Deadline: Applications accepted year round, as long as funding is available.
CWFP Contact: Candice Sovinski, 608-264-8986
SDWLP Contact: Mary E. Wagner, 608-267-7475

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

Last revised: Thursday September 19 2013