Clean Water Fund Loan Program

The Clean Water Fund Program (CWFP) provides financial assistance to municipalities for wastewater and storm water infrastructure projects. It includes projects for compliance with a municipality's WPDES permit.

Application Deadline:  Applications are accepted year-round, if not requesting principal forgiveness.

Community Development Investment Grant

The goal of the Community Development Investment (CDI) Grant Program is to incent primarily downtown community development in the state of Wisconsin.

Application Deadline:  Anytime

Fund for Lake Michigan Grant Program

The Fund for Lake Michigan Grant Program supports organizations and communities committed to enhancing the Lake’s health through projects with both immediate and long-term benefits.

Application Deadline: Accepts pre-proposals at any point throughout the year, with grant decisions made quarterly. 

Idle Sites Redevelopment Program

The goal of the Idle Sites Redevelopment Program is to incent community redevelopment of sites that have been idle, abandoned, or underutilized for a period of at least five years in the state of Wisconsin.

Application Deadline:  November 1

Local Roads Improvement Program

Established in 1991, the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) assists local governments in improving seriously deteriorating county highways, town roads, and city and village streets.

Application Deadline:  May 1

Municipal Flood Control Grants

This grant is available to all cities, villages, towns, tribes, and metropolitan sewerage districts. Assistance is provided with items such as: the acquisition of property, vacant land, structure removal, flood proofing, administrative support, and others.

Application Deadline:  March 16, 2020 (even-numbered years only)

Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership

The ORLP is a nationally competitive grant program funded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The ORLP offers nationally competitive grants specifically to help create and improve state and locally-owned parks and other outdoor recreation areas in ways that will help the public to access or re-connect with the outdoors, particularly in city neighborhoods that lack parks and recreational opportunities.

Application Deadline:  September 14

Public Facilities Economic Development Grant

Public Facilities Economic Development Grants are awarded to local governments for public infrastructure projects that support business expansion or retention.

Application Deadline:  Anytime

Recreational Boating Facilities Grants

These grants may be used by counties, towns, cities, villages, tribes, sanitary districts, public inland lake protection and rehabilitation districts, and qualified lake associations for recreational boating facility projects.

Application Deadline:  Anytime

Recreational Trails Program

Municipal governments and incorporated organizations are eligible to receive reimbursement for development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized recreational trail uses.

Application Deadline:  May 1

Rural Energy for America Program

Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to purchase or install renewable energy systems or make energy efficiency improvements.

Application Deadline:  Varies.

Safe Drinking Water Loan Fund

The Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) provides financial assistance to municipalities for drinking water infrastructure projects.

Application Deadline:  Pre-application in even-numbered years: October 31

Surface Water Grants

The Surface Water Grants provide assistance to municipalities for river protection, local lake ordinance development, lake protection, lake management planning, and invasive species prevention and control.

Application Deadline:  Planning - December 10; Management - February 1

Sustain Our Great Lakes

Sustain Our Great Lakes is a public–private partnership designed to address these threats and improve the ecological health of the Great Lakes basin. Its mission is to sustain, restore, and protect fish, wildlife, and habitats in the basin by leveraging funding, building conservation capacity, and focusing partners and resources toward key ecological issues. The program achieves this mission, in part, by awarding grants for on-the-ground habitat restoration and enhancement.

Application Deadline:  Pre-proposal - February 13; Proposal - April 24

Targeted Runoff Management Grants

The Targeted Runoff Management (TRM) Grant Program offers competitive grants for local governments for the control of pollution that comes from diffuse sources, also called “nonpoint source” (NPS) pollution. Grants from the TRM Program reimburse costs for agricultural or urban runoff management practices in targeted, critical geographic areas with surface water or groundwater quality concerns.

Application Deadline:  April 15

Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA)

The Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program provides matching state grants to governing bodies for road, rail, harbor, and airport projects that help attract employers to Wisconsin, or encourage business and industry to remain and expand in the state.

Application Deadline:  Year-round

Urban Forestry Grants

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers urban forestry grants to cities, villages, towns, counties, tribes, and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in or conducting projects in Wisconsin. These grants fall into three categories: regular grants, startup grants, and catastrophic storm grants.

Application Deadline:  October 1

Urban Green Space Program

The intent of the Urban Green Space Program (UGS) is to provide open natural space within or in proximity to urban areas; to protect from urban development areas within or in proximity to urban areas that have scenic, ecological, or other natural value; and to provide land for noncommercial gardening for the residents of an urbanized area.

Application Deadline: May 1

Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water Management Grant Program (UNPS&SW)

The Urban Nonpoint Source & Storm Water (UNPS&SW) Management Grant Program offers competitive grants to local governments for the control of pollution from diffuse urban sources that is carried by storm water runoff. Grants from the UNPS&SW Program reimburse costs of planning or construction projects controlling urban nonpoint source and storm water runoff pollution.

Application Deadline:  April 15; planning in odd years and construction in even years.