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For information on LIP, contact:
Dawn Hinebaugh
608-266-5243

Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)How to apply for funding

Applying for LIP funding is a two-step process that includes a pre-proposal and, if accepted, a full proposal. The pre-proposal allows staff to review your proposed project before you invest time in drafting a full project proposal. If your pre-proposal is approved, you will be invited to submit a full proposal, which includes detailed budget information, project objectives, work schedule and evaluation benchmarks. Based on your pre-proposal, staff may be able to offer suggestions to help your project rank higher, or suggest other programs which may be better suited to your restoration goals.

We are now accepting pre-proposals from new landowners for funding consideration. Projects must be located within the Driftless Area.

Applications will be accepted on a continual basis until our funding is expended. Thus, it is within your best interest to apply early.

** Previous LIP landowners: please contact the LIP coordinator for a project application.

Eligibility
  • Projects must be on privately-owned land in the Driftless Area.
  • Individuals or groups - for example, land trusts, watershed councils, or conservation organizations - are eligible to apply.
  • Projects should promote restoration of rare, fire dependent natural community types including prairie, oak savanna, barrens and oak woodland that will benefit at-risk species.
  • Priority species for this funding round are pollinators, including the federally-endangered rusty patched bumblebee, and timber rattlesnakes. However, all at-risk species will be considered.
  • Project work must be completed by October 15, 2019.
  • Landowners must be willing to enter into a 10-year agreement [PDF] to maintain the intent of the LIP-funded project area.
Pre-proposal application and instructions

Landowners who are new to the LIP program must first complete a pre-proposal to be considered for funding. If you have previously been awarded LIP funds, please contact the LIP coordinator for a project application.

Trouble opening or downloading forms? Please read our troubleshooting document for help.

Full proposal application and instructions

LIP will only accept full proposals from landowners with an accepted pre-proposal. For questions, please contact the LIP coordinator at 608-266-5243 or email: Dawn Hinebaugh

Trouble opening or downloading forms? Please read our troubleshooting document for help.

Forms and resources
Reimbursement

Refer to your "Financial Guidance" [PDF] document for details on the reimbursement process.

You can submit for partial reimbursement as frequently as you wish. The last reimbursement will be made pending department approval of the final project report. To be eligible for reimbursement, the recipient cost share (as defined in the agreement) must be submitted with the request.

LIP reimbursement request form [PDF]

All costs and match included in the request must be incurred within:

  • the funded grant period defined in the cost share agreement;
  • the scope of activity and budget summarized in the cost share agreement; and
  • the total amount of state aid awarded per the grant agreement.

Email your signed reimbursement request form, match forms, and any other necessary documentation (receipts, invoices, etc) to Dawn Hinebaugh or via snail mail to:

Dawn Hinebaugh
WDNR-NHC/6
Madison WI 53707

Last revised: Wednesday November 08 2017