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.


Grant Cycles

Spring Grant Cycle

Our Teacher Outdoor Environmental Education Grant Program operates on our spring grant cycle. The cycle opens in February with applications due on or before May 1st. This program provides matching grants to public school teachers for outdoor environmental education projects.

Fall Grant Cycle

Our C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program operates on our fall grant cycle. The cycle opens in June with applications due on or before September 1st. This 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.

Winter Grant Cycle

This is the grant cycle for all of our donor-advised grant programs. The cycle opens in November with applications due on or before February 1st. 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.


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