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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

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Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

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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:

  • Innovative projects that leverage resources and partnerships
  • Projects that have measurable outcomes
  • Projects that engage and impact underserved communities in Wisconsin

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.


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.


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.


GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 141327

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $500 to $2,000. Total funds from the C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund may not exceed $2,000. The total project budget may not exceed $10,000. See Application, Section III - Budget.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Project expenses may not have been incurred prior to submitting the application.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadlines: March 1; September 1
Applicants will be notified within six weeks following the submission deadline.

A one-to-one match is required. Match may include in-kind support such as volunteer hours or donated materials.

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

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit all materials by email to Lindsey at

Lindsey Taylor
Grants Assistant
(608) 409-3145, extension 1045

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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