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For general information on DNR loan programs, contact:
Community Financial Assistance
608-267-7530 or
608-266-7555

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 accepted year round, as long as funding is available. Deadline for principal forgiveness Intent to Apply and Priority Evaluation and Ranking Forms is October 31st for the next state fiscal year funding cycle.
CWFP Contact: Candice Sovinski, 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 accepted year round, as long as funding is available. Deadline for principal forgiveness Intent to Apply and Priority Evaluation and Ranking Forms is October 31st for the next state fiscal year funding cycle.
SDWLP Contact: Mary E. Wagner, 608-267-7475

Last revised: Monday January 12 2015