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Citizen-based Monitoring Partnership Program

Since 2004, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin's "Citizen-Based Monitoring Partnership Program" have sought to expand citizen and volunteer participation in natural resource monitoring by providing funding and assistance with high priority projects. Qualifying topics include monitoring of aquatic and terrestrial species, natural communities, and environmental components such as water, soil and air.

Who can apply

Individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, tribal organizations or governments, local and county governments, academic institutions or state agencies which are registered in the Wisconsin State Vendor File may apply. Wisconsin DNR employees may apply if they are partnered with external, eligible individuals or organizations.


Eligible projects

  • Have direct, substantial citizen involvement or are relevant to the conduct of citizen-based projects
  • Are specifically intended for Wisconsin and, in most cases, carried out in Wisconsin
  • Address priority Wisconsin natural resource monitoring needs or issues
  • Are current with all deliverables for past Partnership Program projects

Ineligible items

  • purchase of boats, vehicles, furniture, or supplies and equipment not directly used in training or monitoring


Request for proposals Spring
Funding available July 1 through June 30 of next calendar year
Final invoices due Third week of June
Deliverables due By end of September

How to apply

Application information is available at Citizen-based Monitoring of Wisconsin [exit DNR] website.


Contact information
For questions, contact:
Eva Lewandowski
Citizen-based Monitoring Program coordinator
Last revised: Monday June 13 2016