Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Environmental Council

Capital Grant Program

The 2021 Grant Program will open for applications in June 2021. Please check back later for updates. Thank you.

As a part of Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk's Land and Water Legacy initiative, the Dane County Environmental Council competitively awards grants of up to $2,500 to support not-for-profit conservation organizations' capital projects that improve, protect and enhance land and water resources in Dane County. Capital grants must be matched dollar for dollar by the recipients, and in-kind contributions may be considered part of the match. Deadlines for proposals are expected to be around the end of February of each year.

Applicant Eligibility - Eligible applicants are Dane County school districts, municipalities, and federally tax-exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Project Eligibility – Capital grants must be used for projects that improve, protect, and enhance land and water resources in Dane County. Projects must be conducted within Dane County and must provide clear and significant public benefits. The grants may be used for equipment purchase, rental, or leases and for contracting for services such as the construction of conservation measures or maintenance of previously constructed conservation measures. Contracting with a third party or private entity to construct or maintain conservation measures is permitted. For the purposes of this program, the Environmental Council defines "equipment" as a durable product having a useful life of more than two years. Capital grants cannot subsidize the purchase of printed materials or computer systems and software, and may not be used to pay for staff labor.

The council may award grants up to $2,500. Grants must be matched with cash or in-kind services by the grantee on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Examples of projects previously funded through this program:

  • Upper Sugar River Watershed Association to purchase tools and a trailer for volunteers working on stream bank maintenance and habitat restoration projects
  • Aldo Leopold Nature Center to obtain equipment for establishing trails and restoring prairie and oak savanna at their Black Earth campus
  • Ice Age Trail Foundation to purchase mowers for maintaining the Dane County portions of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail