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Grants

The 2021 Grant Program is now open!  Applications are due August 2, 2021 by 4:30 pm.

NEW!  With one application you can now apply to multiple grant programs and request native plants for your project if desired. We have partnered with the Dane County Land & Water Resources Department and Dane County Parks to simplify and improve the grant process. 

The 2021 application process has been revised so please review the instructions carefully.

Grant Program Descriptions:

  • Capital Equipment Grants are for projects that improve, protect, and enhance land and water resources in Dane County and provide clear and significant public benefits and access. May be used for equipment purchase or rental or for contracting for services such as construction of conservation measures or maintenance of previously constructed conservation measures. For the purposes of this program, “equipment” is defined as a durable product having a useful life of more than two years.
  • The Community Partners Program provides funding for projects that promote environmental and sustainability education, conservation and restoration of Dane County’s natural resources. All projects must be located in Dane County. Funding for this program is provided from Dane County and generous contributions from individuals and businesses.
  • The Friends Capital Improvement Grant Program provides matching funds to Friends of Dane County Parks groups and other nonprofit organizations to implement capital improvements on Dane County park land.  Capital improvements are generally defined as permanent changes that have a life expectancy of at least 10 years. 

Download the full program descriptions and grant application instructions

To Apply

Please complete and submit the Fillable PDF application or Word application form with all required documents

by 4:30 pm on August 2, 2021. 

Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed. 

Applications may be submitted by email to extension@countyofdane.com 

or by mail to Dane County Extension 5201 Fen Oak Dr. STE 138 Madison, WI 53718.

Grant Writing Tips:

  • Carefully read the instructions and consider the criteria to ensure your proposed project is a good fit with the grant program. 
  • Develop an organized, complete narrative that explains what you are proposing to do and how you plan to do it. 
  • Be sure to include all required documents/attachments.
  • If your proposal is easy to understand, it will be easier to approve for funding. Describe your activity in a simple, straight-forward style. Successful proposals clearly articulate the desired results that the project will have on the environment and the participants.
  • Letters of support are an important part of a grant request. Make the effort to enclose letters from the community which endorse the merits of the proposed activity or which speak to the credentials of the participating artists and the quality of their work. Let others help you tell us how special your project is.
  • Don't overload your proposal with mountains of unnecessary or poorly reproduced materials.

The best advice from past grant recipients is to develop an organized, clear and concise narrative that explains what you are proposing to do and how you plan to do it. If your proposal is easy to understand, it will be easier to approve for funding. Describe your activity in a simple, straight-forward style.

If you have questions about the grant application and review process, please contact Carrie Edgar, Dane County Extension Director at edgar@countyofdane.com.

Thank you to our partners!

Since 2007, the Environmental Council's grant program has been funded through carefully forged, public-private partnerships. Program donors are Dane County individuals and businesses that believe in the Dane County Environmental Council's mission.