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For information on LIP, contact:
Dawn Hinebaugh

Landowner Incentive Program (LIP)How to apply for funding

Applying for LIP funding is a two-step process that includes a pre-proposal and, if accepted, a full proposal. The pre-proposal allows staff to review your proposed project before you invest time in drafting a full project proposal. If your pre-proposal is approved, you will be invited to submit a full proposal, which includes detailed budget information, project objectives, work schedule and evaluation benchmarks. Based on your pre-proposal, staff may be able to offer suggestions to help your project rank higher, or suggest other programs which may be better suited to your restoration goals.

Our next Request for Proposals will be in early 2019 for projects located in the Driftless Area. Please check back soon for more details.

  • Projects must be on privately-owned land in the Driftless Area.
  • Individuals or groups - for example, land trusts, watershed councils, or conservation organizations - are eligible to apply.
  • Projects should promote restoration of rare, fire dependent natural community types including prairie, oak savanna, barrens and oak woodland.
  • Projects must benefit at-risk species, such as endangered or threatened species, Species of Greatest Conservation Need or special concern species.
  • Priority species for this funding round are pollinators, including the federally-endangered rusty patched bumblebee, and timber rattlesnakes. However, all at-risk species will be considered.
  • Project work must be completed by October 15, 2020.
  • Landowners must be willing to enter into a 10-year agreement to maintain the intent of the LIP-funded project area.
Pre-proposal application and instructions

Landowners who are new to the LIP program must first complete a pre-proposal to be considered for funding. If you have previously been awarded LIP funds, please contact the LIP coordinator for a project application.

Note: The pre-proposal application requires Adobe Reader or Adobe software to open. Please contact us if you require another format.

Trouble opening or downloading forms? Please read our troubleshooting document for help.

Full proposal application and instructions

LIP will only accept full proposals from landowners with an accepted pre-proposal. For questions, please contact the LIP coordinator at 608-266-5243 or email: Dawn Hinebaugh

Note: The pre-proposal application requires Adobe Reader or Adobe software to open. Please contact us if you require another format.

Trouble opening or downloading forms? Please read our troubleshooting document for help.

Reimbursement process

NOTE: LIP cannot reimburse for any work that is completed prior to having an agreement signed by both parties. All project work, including match, must occur within the funded grant period to be eligible. Please refer to your "Financial Guidance" document for details on the reimbursement process.

Please complete and sign the LIP reimbursement form below and submit to the LIP coordinator. Be sure to include any invoices, receipts and match documentation with the reimbursement request. To be eligible for reimbursement, the recipient cost share (as defined in the agreement) must be submitted with the request. You may submit for partial reimbursement as frequently as you wish. The last reimbursement will be made pending department approval of the final project report.

LIP reimbursement request form [PDF]

All costs and match included in the request must be incurred within:

  • the funded grant period defined in the cost share agreement;
  • the scope of activity and budget summarized in the cost share agreement; and
  • the total amount of state aid awarded per the grant agreement.

Email your signed reimbursement request form, match forms, and any other necessary documentation (receipts, invoices, etc) to Dawn Hinebaugh or mail to:

Dawn Hinebaugh
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707

**All final reimbursements will only be made upon submission of all necessary documentation, including a final project report.

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Last revised: Thursday January 17 2019