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Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grants

Grants to Wisconsin Agencies, Nonprofits, and
School Districts to Promote Outdoor Recreation

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

05/01/20 Midnight (receipt or postmarked by date)


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Grants to Wisconsin government agencies, tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, and school districts to promote outdoor recreation. Funding is intended to support capital projects, such as the improvement of trails and recreation facilities. Grant funds may also be used for land acquisition.

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is committed to providing the public with high-quality, accessible outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the state. The DNR partners with communities and organizations to expand outdoor recreation via the following grant programs: 

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship local assistance grant programs

  • Aids for the Acquisition and Development of Local Parks (ADLP)
  • Urban Green Space (UGS) grants
  • Urban Rivers (UR) grants
  • Acquisition of Development Rights (ADR)

Federal recreation grant programs

  • Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
  • Recreational Trails Program (RTP)

Eligible projects

Stewardship LUG, LWCF and RTP grant programs require that all land acquisition and development projects provide public access for outdoor recreation purposes. Stewardship LUG grant projects support nature-based outdoor recreation activities. LWCF grants can also fund active outdoor recreation facilities (e.g. ballfields, splash pads, etc.). RTP grants focus on trail maintenance and development activities. LUG, LWCF, & RTP grants support a wide variety of outdoor recreation projects throughout the state. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143596

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include: local governments, tribal governments, Lake sanitary districts and public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, Nonprofit conservation organizations (NCOs) whose primary purpose includes acquisition of property for conservation purposes, Nonprofit organizations with a primary purpose of promoting, encouraging, or engaging in trail activities, Incorporated trail organizations, and school districts.

Local units of government (LUGs) are eligible applications for four Stewardship grant programs and two related federal programs administered by the DNR.

Nonprofit conservation organizations (NCOs) are eligible to apply to the Stewardship Local Assistance Grant Program for land acquisition projects.

For more information on eligibility, see the Eligible Participants tab on the URL for Full Text below.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for this solicitation is May 1, 2020.


For Nonprofit conservation organization application process information, see

The time between submitting a complete application and receiving a grant contract ranges from 6 to 12 months depending on the details of each project.

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