The Wisconsin Conservation Endowment’s donor-advised grants provide annual funding to qualified conservation projects. These grants were created by conscientious members of the public looking to invest in the protection and restoration of Wisconsin’s natural resources.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW CLOSED FOR 2017
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin no longer accepting applications for 2017 donor-advised conservation grants.
To support one of these endowment funds, please Donate Now online. In the “Donate to an Endowed Fund” field, enter the name of the fund you would like to support.
Current Donor-advised Funds
Hughes Jeffords Chippewa Flowage Conservation Fund
Provides funding to preserve, protect and enhance Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Lac Courte Oreilles, and US Forest Service managed lands and waters of the Chippewa Flowage. The fund can be used to support natural resource programs and projects that take place in or directly benefit the Flowage. The primary purpose of the Fund is to support natural resource management activities including habitat protection and restoration, wildlife monitoring and management, fisheries management, invasive species monitoring and control, and enforcement activities. The secondary purpose is to support outreach and education programs and projects. Fund disbursements cannot be used for operating and administrative expenses. Funding between $500 and $1,000 is available for conservation projects.
Norma and Stanley DeBoer Quiet Trails Fund
Provides funding to DNR property managers or qualified 501(c)(3) organizations for managing walking trails open to the public on public land. The primary purpose of this fund is the creation and maintenance of walking trails open to the public on public lands, including, but not limited to the following activities: identification or trail locations; surveying; purchase of materials; construction; clean-up activities; repairs of trail surfaces, railings, or existing signage; and fees for necessary professional services, and the secondary purpose is the enhancement and promotion of walking trails accessible to the public on public lands, including, but not limited to: habitat improvement adjacent to the trail; development, creation and installation of directional or explanatory signage and trail guide booklets; and modest costs of events designed to increase awareness and/or use of walking trails. Applicants must be the WDNR or tax exempt. The fund cannot be used for activities associated with any trail open to motorized vehicles (except for authorized maintenance or construction vehicles or motorized equipment for the disabled). This includes, but is not limited to: trails for snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and motorcycles. Funding between $500 and $1,000 is available for conservation projects.
Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area Fund
Provides funding to DNR property managers or school groups or other qualified exempt organizations working for preserving, protecting and enhancing DNR-managed lands and waters of the Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. The primary purpose of this fund is to support services, supplies, and equipment needed for preservation, protection and enhancement projects of TFSWA. Secondary purposes include funding salary or wages for individuals involved in the project, or when: (1) the applicant is not from the immediate TFSWA, or, (2) when the project area is outside of the TFSWA but the goals and objectives of the project directly relate to a problem or issue inside of the TFSWA and there is a clear benefit for the TFSWA. Eligible organizations include the Wisconsin DNR, local school groups, and/or 501(c)(3) conservation organizations for natural resources programs and projects that take place in or directly benefit the Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area. The fund cannot be used to purchase real estate, construct or improve buildings, roadways, or recreational trails. Funding between $500 and $5,000 is available for conservation projects.
David & Joyce Weizenicker Endowment Fund for State Parks
Provides funds to park property friends groups to support supporting projects that facilitate accessibility for senior citizens, especially trail development, maintenance and restoration, and the development and maintenance of rest-stops including benches, overlooks, and interpretive signage. Only park property friends are eligible to apply for this fund. Qualified applicants are required to match gift with cash or in-kind support on a 1:1 basis. Funding between $500 and $2,000 is available for conservation projects.
Wisconsin Rare Plant Preservation Fund
This fund was established for projects that support the restoration, monitoring, inventorying, and preservation of rare plant species in Wisconsin. Eligible organizations include local, county, state or federal agencies, and 501(c)(3) organizations whose mission includes the preservation of rare plants. Funds may not be used for indirect costs. Funding between $500 and $2,000 is available for conservation projects. Applicants should reference specific rare plant species names in the application.