The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is dedicated to supporting the efforts of those working to protect our state’s natural resources. Through our conservation grantmaking programs, we provide critical financial support to hundreds of organizations for projects that benefit our state’s natural resources, from funding statewide wildlife monitoring programs, to creating butterfly gardens at local schools. We’ve invested $7 million in public and private conservation efforts, and continue that legacy through our grantmaking programs.

How We Give

1) Grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities and schools for small-scale, grassroots conservation and education projects;
2) Grants through donor-advised endowment funds to support specific projects and locations; and
3) Grants to partner organizations for our priority conservation programs that support public lands and waters, rare and endangered species, and conservation education.


Grant Programs

C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program: Provides matching grants up to $1,000 to conservation organizations in support of projects that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources at the local level.

Teachers’ Outdoor Environmental Education Grant Program: Provides matching grants to public school teachers for outdoor environmental education projects.

Donor-Advised Conservation Grants: These specific grants are supported by  donor-advised endowment funds created by individuals who want to invest in the long-term protection of Wisconsin’s natural resources.


For Current Grant Recipients

Project reports are due within one year of the grant award. All grantees must submit a report prior to applying for another request, unless otherwise noted.


Interested in Applying?

To get announcements for the Natural Resources Foundation’s grant programs, fill out your contact information in the form below.

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For more information, email us at [email protected] or call 608-266-1430.