The 2021 Environmental Grant Program is now open!

NEW this year!  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.

Applications are due August 2, 2021 by 4:30 pm.  

More information including the application directions and forms are included on the Environmental Council website:

The Environmental Council’s mission is to assist public and private groups in recognizing and protecting the natural areas in Dane County and to assume an educational role in the protection of environment and natural resources. The Council is staffed by Dane County Extension.

We hope that you take advantage of these grant programs to continue to improve and protect Dane County natural resources.