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 projects focused on education and outreach;
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, rare and endangered species, and conservation education.


Grant Programs

C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program: Provides small, matching grants to conservation organizations in support of projects that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources at the local level. The next grant cycle will be announced in spring 2017.

Teachers’ Outdoor Environmental Education Grant Program: Provides grants of up to $1,000 to public school teachers for outdoor environmental education projects. The next grant cycle will be announced in spring 2017.

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. Now accepting applications through February 1st.


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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Current Grant Recipients

What are the grant expectations? Use the funds as described in the application, report back by the deadline, and most importantly, share your photos and stories with the Foundation so we can let our donors and members know about the great work you are doing for conservation in Wisconsin!

How should I acknowledge the fund? Please use the full name of the fund when acknowledging the grant. For example: “Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program”; “Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Teachers’ Outdoor Environmental Education Fund”; “Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s Turtle Flambeau Scenic Waters Area Fund”.

How do I report back on our project? A final Project Report must be sent to the Natural Resources Foundation within two weeks of project completion, and no later than December 1st of the following year in which the grant is awarded. Delinquent reports may result in ineligibility for future grants and/or revocation of grant dollars awarded.

For more information, email us at [email protected] or call 866-264-4096.