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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, Schools, and IHEs for Natural Resources Education and Conservation

C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund Grant

GrantWatch ID# 141327
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
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Geographic Focus
USA: Wisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/01/22

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Tribal governments, schools, and IHEs for projects focused on natural resources education and conservation. Funding is intended for projects that benefit Wisconsin's wildlife, lands, and waters. The purpose of funding is for grassroots projects that have a significant and positive impact on the environment, and that connect people to Wisconsin's natural wonders.

Grantmaking Priorities:

Proposals should address one or more of the following priorities:

  • Projects that benefit Wisconsin’s most imperiled natural communities and native plant or wildlife species.
  • Projects that engage and impact underserved communities in Wisconsin and/or support diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within Wisconsin’s conservation and environmental education sectors.
  • Projects that build climate resiliency of Wisconsin’s natural resources through natural climate solutions or climate adaptation.

All projects should demonstrate measurable outcomes. Innovative projects that leverage resources and partnerships are encouraged.

Grant Programs by Impact Area:

  • Lands and Waters: Grant funding is provided to help cover the costs of on-the-ground conservation work, including habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, trail building, rare plant preservation, and other projects that benefit Wisconsin’s lands and waters.
  • Wildlife: The Foundation provides funding for many different kinds of projects that benefit wildlife. From research and monitoring to species recovery and habitat protection, funding is prioritized to focus on Wisconsin’s most imperiled species.
  • Education: Connecting people to nature plays a critical role in the Foundation's mission to protect Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife. Funded projects get youth and adults outside and engaged with the natural world, such as pollinator gardens, school field trips, community events, citizen science programs, and more.

Special purpose grants are available for state park property friends groups and conservation work within the Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. For more information on these specific funding opportunities contact Cait Williamson.



  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Applicant must be one of the following: a public charity with approved 501(c)(3) exempt status (under section 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3) Type I and Type II); a federal, state, or local governmental unit, an American Indian nation or tribal community; or an accredited school, college, or university.

The following types of organizations are not eligible for funding: individuals; businesses; section 509(a)(3) Type III supporting organizations; private foundations; and private operating foundations.

Pre-Application Information
Submit all materials via email by September 1st.

Applicants will be notified within six weeks following the submission deadline.

A one-to-one match is required.

Only one application will be accepted per organization per grant cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants range from $500 to $2,000.

The total project budget may not exceed $10,000, and overhead costs shall not exceed 15% of the grant.

Contact Information
Submit all materials by email to Lindsey at

Direct questions to:
Lindsey Taylor
Conservation Programs Coordinator
(608) 409-3145, extension 1045

Cait Williamson
Director of Conservation Programs
(608) 409-3109 extension 1009

Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
211 S Paterson St Suite 100
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: +1 (608) 409-3122
Toll Free: +1 (866) 734-1485

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