Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin now accepting applications for conservation and education grants
April 28, 2015
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is calling for grant applications for its two matching small grants programs, the C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program and the Teachers’ Outdoors Environmental Education Grant Program. The Besadny program awards grants to projects that involve the management and restoration of Wisconsin’s natural resources and/or focus on natural resources education and outreach. The Teachers’ Outdoors program awards grants to projects focused on outdoor environmental education. Both programs provide grants of up to $1,000.
“The work that our grant recipients are doing across the state is making a huge difference for Wisconsin, and is a consistent source of inspiration to those of us at the Foundation,” said Ruth Oppedahl, executive director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. “These grants are catalysts for the hope that future generations will be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s natural treasures.”
The C.D. Besadny Grant Program supports projects in Wisconsin that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources at the local level. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program, which has awarded $420,000 to more than 500 organizations in every county in Wisconsin since its inception in 1990. The program is named after former Department of Natural Resources Secretary and Foundation founder C.D. “Buzz” Besadny.
The Teachers’ Outdoor Environmental Education Fund provides grants for public school teachers (K-12) to undertake outdoor environmental education projects. The Teachers’ Outdoor Environmental Education Fund was established by Pete Ostlind in memory of his wife Sue Spaeth, a Wisconsin native and elementary school teacher for more than 30 years.
To apply for a grant from either program, download the 2015 grant application and submit it electronically to [email protected] by Sept. 1, 2015. Grants will be disbursed in October. Questions may be directed to the Foundation at 866-246-4096 or [email protected].
In 2014 the Foundation awarded nearly $25,000 to 30 organizations through these two grant programs.
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Photo: The Foundation awarded the Clean Lakes Alliance a C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant in 2014 to develop a leaf management pilot program in the Greater Madison area to address regional water quality concerns. (Photo courtesy of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin)
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides sustainable funding for Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and public lands, while helping citizens connect with our state’s unique natural places. Learn more at www.wisconservation.org.
Lindsay Renick Mayer
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin