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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. 

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

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

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