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Well Abandonment Grants

The well abandonment grant program provides funding assistance to properly fill and seal abandoned or unused private wells.

Who can apply

Who can apply

Before you start the application process, determine if you are eligible to apply for a well abandonment grant. Work completed before submitting an application and receiving DNR approval will not be reimbursed.

Step 1: Determine if your family income is eligible

  • Families with income of $65,000 or less for the prior calendar year are eligible to apply.
  • Families with income above $65,000 for the prior calendar year are not eligible to apply.

NOTE: Families with income between $45,000 and $65,000 are eligible to apply and will have their reimbursement amount reduced, per Wisconsin Statutes. Learn more about reductions and see an example.

Step 2: Who may apply for a grant?

  • Landowner
  • Spouse of landowner
  • Heir of landowner
  • Assignee or legal representative of landowner
  • Renter of land
  • Shared well owner of a private residential water supply

Step 3: What costs are covered by a grant?

Eligible costs are materials and labor to fill and seal private wells that are abandoned or unused.

How to apply

How to apply

DNR PDF forms

To download DNR forms, use Microsoft Internet Explorer. If this browser is unavailable, see:

If you are still having problems opening your form, please contact the Well Grant Manager.

If you are eligible to apply for a well abandonment grant, your next step is to apply. Do not have any work done before you apply and receive approval from DNR. Well abandonment work done before you apply and receive a grant approval will not be eligible for reimbursement under this grant program.

Step 1

Contact a licensed well driller or pump installer for an itemized estimate. If you need assistance consult a licensed well driller [PDF] or pump installer [PDF].

Step 2

Complete the Well Abandonment Grant Application Claim (Form 8700-314) [PDF]

The following items must be included with the application claim:

  • Cost estimate provided by the licensed well professional you hire to complete your well abandonment
  • W-9 Form [PDF exit DNR] (required for check processing)

NOTE: If your current income changed significantly, due to job loss or retirement, from what was reported on your last year's WI Income Tax Form you must complete and submit one of the following documents with your application.

Step 3

Mail completed well abandonment application claim (Form 8700-314) and all required attachments, listed on Well Abandonment Grant Application claim (Form 8700-314) [PDF], to:

Well Grant Intake
WI Department of Natural Resources - DG/5
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707

You may also submit these items electronically at: Well Grants Intake

Step 4

If your well abandonment grant application claim is approved, you will receive an approval letter from DNR. Work completed before receiving the approval letter will not be reimbursed.

Award information

Once you have been awarded a well abandonment grant by DNR, you may begin and complete work abandoning your well and requesting reimbursement. You have one year from the date on the grant award document to properly fill and seal your old well and request payment from the DNR.

Step 1

DNR will send you an award packet

Step 2

Hire a licensed well driller [PDF] or pump installer [PDF] to complete the work specified in the grant agreement.

  • Give a copy of the signed grant award document to the licensed well professional you hire before construction begins
  • The unused private well must be properly abandoned and filled by a licensed well driller or pump installer according to DNR specifications before reimbursement from the DNR is possible

Reimbursements

Step 1

After the well is properly abandoned, complete all the following required reimbursement forms:

  • Request for Payment Claim (Form 8700-315) [PDF] (Your licensed well driller or pump installer should help you fill out the eligible cost portion of Form 8700-315 to reflect the actual costs)
  • Well Abandonment Report (Form 3300-005). Your licensed well driller or pump installer is required to submit this form electronically and provide a printed copy to you
  • A copy of the invoice provided by licensed well professional

NOTE:

  • Since you hired the licensed well driller or pump installer to abandon your well, you are responsible to pay 100% of those costs. Learn more about costs. After you submit reimbursement request and we complete our review, a check for 75% of all eligible expenses will be sent to either you or the licensed well driller or pump installer that performed the work. (Award letter will explain more about how the check gets issued)
  • The grant amount you receive is considered taxable income by the IRS. As a result, the DNR must report as income the amount you are reimbursed. Learn more about taxable income.

Step 2

Mail all required reimbursement information from Step 1 to:

Randell Clark
WI Department of Natural Resources - DG/5
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707

Note: This address is different from the address for submission of grant application.

Help

Contact information

For grant application and forms questions:
Well Grant Intake
608-267-9350
For payment claim and reimbursement questions:
Sandy Chancellor
Grant Manager
Bureau of Community Financial Assistance
608-275-7760
Last revised: Tuesday August 01 2017