The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced a new, streamlined application process including an online submission option that will make it easier for communities, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and waterfront property associations to pursue funds for a variety of water protection, management, and education grants.
“DNR provides significant funding to encourage communities, nonprofits and other groups to take on projects that protect and enhance Wisconsin’s tremendous water resources,” said Shelly Thomsen, Lakes and Rivers Team Leader for Wisconsin DNR. “We want to make it as simple and efficient as possible for stakeholders to apply for and access this support.”
Additionally, the application deadlines have been modified to account for the busy field season. Now, lake and river associations, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies can apply for planning and education grants, including aquatic invasive species education projects, until December 10, 2014. Grant applications for projects that focus on lake and river protection and restoration as well as controlling aquatic invasive species are due February 1, 2015. Wisconsin DNR says the new annual deadlines ensure grant recipients will be notified of successful project applications early enough to allow for project planning before the summer field season is in full swing.