C.D. Besadny Conservation Grants

Investing in grassroots conservation and education

The C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund was established to invest in grassroots conservation and education projects that benefit Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife, and that connect people to Wisconsin’s natural resources. Grants range from $500 to $2,000.

Grantmaking Priorities:

  • Innovative projects that leverage resources and partnerships.
  • Projects that have measurable outcomes.
  • Projects that engage and impact underserved communities in Wisconsin.


  • Applicant must be one of the following: a public charity with approved 501(c)(3) exempt status (under section 509(a)(1), 509(a)(2), or 509(a)(3) Type I and Type II); a federal, state, or local governmental unit, an American Indian nation or tribal community; or an accredited school, college, or university. The following types of organizations are not eligible for funding: individuals; businesses; section 509(a)(3) Type III supporting organizations; private foundations; and private operating foundations.
  • Projects must benefit Wisconsin’s natural resources or people.
  • The total project budget may not exceed $10,000.
  • Project expenses may not have been incurred prior to submitting the application.
  • A one-to-one match is required. Match may include in-kind support such as volunteer hours or donated materials.
  • Only one application will be accepted per organization per grant cycle.

How to Apply:

  1. Determine if your project addresses our grantmaking priorities and meets our eligibility requirements.
  2. Complete the application.
  3. Include proof of IRS tax-exempt status (IRS form 501c3 tax determination letter).
  4. Submit all materials by email to Lindsey at NRFgrants@WisConservation.org by September 1st.
  5. Applicants will be notified within six weeks following the submission deadline.
Lindsey Taylor

Lindsey Taylor

Conservation Programs Coordinator

(608) 409-3145, extension 1045

Lindsey supports the Foundation’s conservation programs, including administering our grant programs, and coordinating our initiatives and partnerships that benefit Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife.