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WI Wetland Conservation Trust In-Lieu Fee Mitigation Program (WWCT)

The Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust (WWCT) is an in-lieu fee (ILF) wetland mitigation program that utilizes revenue generated through the sale of mitigation credits to fund wetland restoration projects to compensate for lost wetland functions in accordance with a watershed approach.

Who can apply

Who can apply

Public agencies, nonprofit conservation organizations, Wisconsin tribes, environmental consultants, any entity registered with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions, or any Wisconsin landowners may apply for a grant under the WWCT standard process program.

Only 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are exempt from federal income tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible for the WWCT State Lands Grant Program. The nonprofit applicant may choose to subcontract with an environmental consultant.



If an applicant is the primary party implementing the project, then the applicant must provide their qualifications and a list of projects completed within the last 10 years. If an applicant plans to hire professional contractors or consultants to implement the project, then qualifications of the contractors or consultants must also be included with the grant application, including a list of wetland restoration projects completed within the last 10 years.

Where is the program offered?

The WWCT Program is available throughout the entire state of Wisconsin, depending on available funding. The state is broken into 12 separate Service Areas based on watersheds consistent with those utilized for mitigation banking and permittee responsible mitigation.

Service areas

Applications for the WWCT State Lands Grant (SLG) Program can only be proposed for projects entirely located on lands owned or currently eased by the Department as defined in state statute (s. 23.09(2)(d), Wis. Stats.). The WWCT SLG Program will be available starting in 2019. If you have questions about whether your project site would be eligible for this new program, please contact the In-lieu Fee Program Coordinator.

The WWCT currently does not have an open RFP, but we are always looking for potential projects. Please contact the WWCT Program Coordinator for more information.



The WWCT currently does not have an open RFP, but we are always looking for potential projects. Please contact the WWCT Program Coordinator for more information.


Application materials

Applications will only be accepted using the 'Submit by email...' button and the corresponding instructions described on page 1 of the WWCT Grant Application.

Please review the WWCT Project Application Scoring Criteria in the WWCT Program Guidance [PDF] to see how applications will be scored.

Consultant list

Consultant list

Pursuant to NR 734, Wis. Adm. Code, the WWCT has created a process to identify wetland consultants interested in providing design/build services for specific ILF mitigation projects. The first step in this process was for the WWCT to create a list of wetland consultants who are interested in receiving requests for qualifications (RFQs) for wetland mitigation services. As mitigation projects requiring consultant services are identified, the WWCT would notice RFQs for those projects to consultants on the wetland consultant list. See current list of consultants:

To be added to this list, please fill out and submit the WWCT Wetland Consultant Data Record Form.

This new NR 734 process is not meant to replace the standard WWCT application process (see the “How to apply” tab for our standard application), but will be used on an as-needed basis, when viable WWCT projects have not been identified using the standard WWCT application process.


Contact information
For information on WWCT grants, contact:
Josh Brown
Wetland In-Lieu Fee Program Coordinator
101 S Webster St
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Last revised: Wednesday June 27 2018