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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grantsStreambank Protection Program

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program is the name for a family of funds supporting natural resource protection and nature-based outdoor recreation in Wisconsin.

Some Stewardship funds are available as grants to local governments and nonprofit conservation organizations (known as LUGs and NCOs). Brief information about each subprogram is below. For detailed information about applying for any one of these grant programs, follow links below to application materials and contact grant staff in your region of the state. Stewardship grants can be grouped, generally, into two categories:

Grants to purchase land or conservation easements

Grants to purchase land or fund recreational development on public lands

Streambank Protection Program

See section 23.094, Wis. Stats. and chapter NR 51, subch. VII, Wis. Adm. Code

Who can apply

Who can apply

Eligible nonprofit conservation organizations (NCO) can apply for Stream Bank Protection funding. Nonprofit conservation organizations must be nonprofit corporations, charitable trusts or other nonprofit associations described in Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and exempt from taxation under section 501 (a). In addition, the purpose of the organization must include the acquisition of property for conservation purposes.


Eligible projects

Eligible projects include acquisition of land or conservation easements to protect water quality and fish habitat.

Activities not eligible for Stream Bank Protection Program funding, unless they are explicitly approved by the DNR as supporting streambank protection goals, include:

  • alteration of vegetative cover or other natural features (An exception may be made when necessary to reestablish native grasses or protect vegetative cover deemed essential to prevent erosion.); and
  • planting or production of agricultural crops.


Program purpose

The Streambank Protection Program protects water quality and fish habitat in Wisconsin by establishing buffers along high-priority waterways.


Program priorities

In project selection, priority is given to projects along streams designated as Outstanding or Exceptional Resource Waters, projects that connect lengths of protected stream banks and projects that will mitigate the impact of agricultural runoff.

For more detailed information, including the ranking criteria used to select Streambank Protection projects for funding and application information, see NCO application process.

Grants awarded

Each fiscal year, $1.2 million are available for Stream Bank Protection grants. Grants are awarded for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. The sponsor's share of project costs must come from non-state sources.

How to apply

How to apply

For information on how to apply, see NCO application process.


Application deadlines

Application deadlines vary each year. Please see NCO application process for this year's deadline.

Last revised: Monday January 14 2013