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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grantsNonprofit conservation organizations grants as reimbursements

If you purchase property before your grant application is processed or before DNR can issue an escrow check, Stewardship awards can come in the form a reimbursement after closing. The DNR will authorize one payment that covers all eligible acquisition costs after all required materials have been submitted and reviewed.

Once DNR has received and verified the information listed below, we can then authorize a grant payment to your organization for up to 50 percent of the approved costs.

Grant for fee title acquisition

If you received a Stewardship grant to acquire full title to a property, you must submit final documentation for the transaction. The items you need to submit to grant staff include:

  • completed Grant Payment Request Form 8700-001 [PDF] and invoices, canceled checks or bank statements documenting eligible costs;
  • copy of the recorded grant contract;
  • copy of the title policy;
  • copy of the closing statement that has been signed by both the buyer and seller;
  • copy of the recorded deed;
  • copy of the recorded Access Easement if one was needed for your project; and
  • completed Grant Payment Worksheet Form 8700-002 [PDF] for eligible acquisition costs.

Grant for conservation easements

If you received a Stewardship grant for a conservation easement, you will need to provide the following items:

  • completed Grant Payment Request Form 8700-001 [PDF] and invoices, canceled checks or bank statements documenting eligible costs;
  • copy of the recorded grant contract;
  • copy of the baseline document;
  • copy of the title policy;
  • copy of the closing statement that has been signed by both the buyer and seller;
  • copy of the recorded easement (If the county does not stamp each page of the deed in the recording process and the deed is more than one page, you will need to provide a certified copy of the easement.);
  • copy of the recorded Access Easement if one was needed for your project;
  • copy of the recorded Mortgage Subordination if one was needed for your project; and
  • completed Grant Payment Worksheet Form 8700-002 [PDF] for eligible acquisition costs.

Accounting standards

All accounting for the project must be in conformance with generally accepted accounting practices. In addition, all documentation, including materials used to substantiate financial claims, is subject to state audit and must be retained by the project sponsor for four years from the date the final payment is made. Grant records held by the DNR are available to the public under open records laws.

Last revised: Thursday December 11 2014