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Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund

To help improve and expand quality wildlife habitat in Wisconsin, the DNR is embarking on a new program seeking partnerships with local governments, Wisconsin Tribes, and nonprofit conservation organizations for habitat restoration and enhancement projects on public and private lands with the goal of increasing the amount and quality of land open for hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing.

Cities, towns, villages, counties, Tribes, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation organizations may apply for financial assistance to carry out priority wildlife habitat projects in Wisconsin.

Funding for this program comes from the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937, better known as the Pittman-Robertson Act. The mission, goals, and objectives of the Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund are consistent with the purpose of Pittman-Robertson funding, focusing on benefits to bird and mammal wildlife.

To receive financial assistance, participants must allow public access for hunting, trapping, and wildlife viewing on properties where habitat work occurs for a period determined by the level of financial assistance; public access must be guaranteed for 10 years, 20 years, or in perpetuity. See the Program Guidance document for details.

This RFP program is administered as a reimbursement program. This means you must incur and pay all costs associated with the project before seeking reimbursement from DNR. No advance payments will be permitted. It is possible for grantees to request partial reimbursements on a quarterly basis from the DNR during the life of the project. Please see the Program Guidance for details.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants

Cities, towns, villages, counties, Tribes, and nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation organizations may apply for financial assistance.

Project categories

Eligible projects

Habitat projects benefitting wild birds and mammals are a priority for funding consideration. Desired projects include, but are not limited to:

  • prairie planting
  • wetland restoration
  • stream restoration
  • reforestation/regeneration
  • savanna restoration
  • streambank stabilization
  • timber stand improvement
  • invasive species control
  • wetland infrastructure upgrade or maintenance
  • grassland mowing
  • prescribed fire
  • upland shrub maintenance

Ineligible projects

  • Capital development projects (e.g., building construction, trails).
  • Acquisition of land (eligible as match)


Proposals are due April 6, 2018.

The DNR expects to request proposals annually in January.

How to apply


Please refer to these Instructions for Submitting a Proposal [PDF].

Forms for Submitting a Request for Proposal (RFP)

Complete proposals will include all forms and maps. Below is the list of documents for submitting a proposal:

If you are having issues opening these forms, please visit our PDF Help Page.

Obtain proper credentials:

Respondents will need to obtain three different credentials prior to submitting a proposal for funding:

  • DUNS number - Request a DUNS number here.[exit DNR]
  • WAMS and Bidder IDs - Instructions for requesting WAMS and Bidder IDs can be found here. [PDF]

Access the portal

Once you have signed up for all three credentials, you’re ready to start the proposal process. Visit the Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund RFP site [exit DNR]. This takes you to the State of Wisconsin eSupplier login page. Enter your WAMS username and password and click “sign in” to access the portal and then click “Search Solicitations” to search the site for this RFP. You can search by the RFP name, by agency or you can use the NIGP Code assigned to this project (962-98). An FAQ on how to search the site is also available once you enter the bidder site. Once you have located the correct solicitation you may click on it and submit your proposal materials.

NOTE: Use Microsoft Internet Explorer version 10 or higher to access the eSupplier portal and submit proposal documents.

Submit your proposal materials

Once you have located your RFP, you can submit your proposal by clicking the “Submit Online Response” button. You may submit your proposal materials, individually or collectively, at any time before the deadline. To upload proposal documents, click the green buttons under the “enter response” column that correspond to each proposal component. If you have additional proposal materials to submit (i.e., additional Letter of Support documents), you may use the “Upload File” button. Once all documents have been successfully uploaded, click the “Submit” button to submit your proposal.

Potential Respondents may contact the Program Manger with questions. Please note that questions may be submitted from the Bidder Site and are allowed until March 20, 2018. Responses to online questions will be posted online no later than March 27, 2018.


Forms for Submitting Reimbursement Requests

Requests for reimbursement must be submitted on DNR forms. Reimbursement requests must include both proofs of purchase and proofs of payment. Examples of proof of purchase are signed contracts with vendors, work orders, etc. Examples of proof of payment include canceled checks (both front and back), bank statements showing check has cleared, credit card statement, and local government payroll voucher. Since funds provided by the DNR come from a Federal agency, awardees must also identify the local share (i.e., match) component for each reimbursement request. Use DNR form 9300-230 for this purpose.

Important note: For projects that occur on lands not owned by the DNR, awardee must submit a signed and recorded Public Access Easement to DNR within six months of signing the award Agreement or in conjunction with a reimbursement request, whichever occurs sooner.

NOTE: All costs incurred must include copies of invoices and proofs of payment. Donated Professional Services and materials shall be determined by market value and be established by an invoice.


Proposal resources

Landowner protections

Under sec. 895.52, Wis Stats, landowners are generally immune from liability for injuries received by individuals recreating on their lands. This law provides liability protection to landowners for injury or death of individuals participating in outdoor recreation. Courts have consistently interpreted this statute to protect landowners in furtherance of its purpose, which is to encourage landowners to allow others to recreate on their lands. Under sec. 29.617, Wis Stats, the department agrees to pay for damages arising from the operation of public hunting or fishing grounds. Claims may include damage to crops or property such as gates or fences.


Contact information

For more information about the WHPF program, including to obtain proposal forms and instructions, contact:
Ashley Dooley
Program Manager
Last revised: Thursday February 08 2018