Conservation Grants Due September 1st*

unnamedThe Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin's conservation grant programs provide matching grants of up to $1,000 for conservation and environmental education projects. The deadline is September 1st. For more information and to apply, visit

C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program Since 1990, the C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program has provided nearly $500,000 in small grants to hundreds of organizations working on conservation in Wisconsin. Grants up to $1,000 are awarded to projects that involve management and restoration of Wisconsin's natural resources, and/or contribute to knowledge about Wisconsin's natural resources through education and outreach. Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization, government agency, or school. The deadline is September 1st.

Teachers' Outdoor Environmental Education Fund This grant program provides small grants up to $1,000 for public school teachers (K-12) for outdoor environmental education projects. The fund was created by Foundation member Pete Ostlind, in memory of his wife, Sue Spaeth, a Wisconsin native and elementary school teacher. The deadline is September 1st.

unnamed (1)Malcolm Shabazz City High School students on an outing to the Black Earth Creek to learn about stream ecology first-hand. This project was funded in part by the Teachers' Outdoor Environmental Education Fund. Photo by Caitlin Williamson.(Photo – Right)

Need inspiration? Take a look at some of the projects we've funded in the past:
  • Leading field trips to learn about local stream ecology and assess water quality
  • Restoring native habitat at school forests
  • Conducting bioblitzes and species inventories
  • Teaching students how to use GPS and geocaching through outdoor exploration
  • Creating butterfly and rain gardens with students Practicing math and science through outdoor learning experiences
  • Restoring native landscapes and removing invasive species
  • Developing marketing materials for conservation programs Promoting public environmental and conservation outreach initiatives
  • Monitoring rare and threatened wildlife and plant species

Caitlin Williamson
Program & Development Coordinator
(608) 266-1430
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