Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grants to Friends Groups

Wisconsin DNR Friends Group News
September 6, 2018
Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grants to Friends Groups
Through the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the Wisconsin Legislature has allocated $46 million annually through 2020 to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, protect sensitive lands, and conserve and restore wildlife habitat. Each year, $250,000 from the Stewardship program are set aside for grants to friends groups and nonprofit conservation organizations (NCOs) to improve facilities, build new recreation projects and restore habitat on state properties. The program recognizes the important role friends groups play in meeting the development and restoration needs of state properties.
How much money is available
A total of $250,000 is available each year for grants under this program, with a limit of $20,000 per property. Depending on the number of applicants, there may be competition for available funds. Funding for large projects may be applied for in three phases with a limit of $20,000 per year or a maximum of $60,000 per project. There must be a usable component of the project at the end of each phase.
Grants awarded
Grants are awarded for up to 50 percent of project costs. The other 50 percent of project costs shall be provided by the project sponsor. Up to 50 percent of the sponsor's share of project costs may be non-cash donations such of materials, equipment use, services and labor.
Submit the application form with project description and justification criteria, cost estimate worksheet, Resolution, Location Map, and Detailed Site Plan to the Property Manager for approval and required signatures. It is recommended that applicants submit documents on or before October 15, 2018 to the Property Manager to allow sufficient time for review and approvals.
Submit the completed application and attachments to the Friends Grant Program Manager either via email or postmarked by the application due date of November 15, 2018.
Visit the DNR website for complete details and application materials. Prospective applicants can also subscribe to receive grant updates by email by selecting “Friends Grant Program” under the category of Grants and Loans. For questions regarding eligibility or grant requirements, please contact the Friends Grant Program Manager at Beth Norquist, 1300 W Claremont Ave., Eau Claire, WI  54702-4001 or call 715-839-3751.
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Janet Hutchens, CVA
Friends & Volunteer Coordinator
Bureau of Parks and Recreation Management; Fish, Wildlife and Parks Division
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S.  Webster St., Box 7921
Madison, WI  53707-7921
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