Contact(s): Sam Williams, DNR grant manager, 715-416-1836, Samuel.email@example.com
MADISON - Cities, towns, villages, counties, tribal governments and nonprofit 501(c)(3) conservation organizations have until Feb. 15 to apply for financial assistance for habitat restoration and enhancement projects on public and private lands. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Wisconsin Habitat Partnership Fund (WHPF) provides this assistance with the goal of increasing the amount and quality of land open for hunting, trapping and wildlife viewing.
Grant recipients must allow public access for hunting, trapping and wildlife viewing on properties where habitat work occurs. Public access duration can last 10 years, 20 years or indefinitely based on the level of financial assistance received.
Habitat projects benefitting wild birds and mammals are a priority for funding consideration. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:
Capital development projects (e.g., building construction, trails) are ineligible for funding and land acquisition is only eligible as a match.
The DNR administers WHPF as a reimbursement program. This means the grant recipient must incur and pay all costs associated with the project before seeking reimbursement from DNR. Grant advances are not possible. Grantees can request partial reimbursements on a quarterly basis from the DNR during the life of the project.