Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust- Restore Grants

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

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Next deadline: Jul 31, 2024

Later deadlines: Oct 31, 2024, Jan 31, 2025, Apr 30, 2025

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Freshwater Conservation Environmental Stewardship

Applicant type: Government Entity, Indigenous Group, Nonprofit, Individuals

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in Wisconsin: Buffalo County, Clark County, Eau Claire County, Fond du Lac County, Jackson County, Kenosha County, La Crosse County, Marathon County, Milwaukee County, Monroe County, Ozaukee County, Pepin County, Pierce County, Racine County, Sheboygan County, St. Croix County, Taylor County, Trempealeau County, Walworth County, Washington County, Waukesha County, Wood County Other eligible locations: Wisconsin

Location of residency: Wisconsin


NOTE: All prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with WWCT staff before submitting an application. To be selected, project proposal sites must fall within a service area with currently available funding.

About the DNR

In keeping with our mission, the DNR is dedicated to working with Wisconsinites while preserving and enhancing the natural resources of Wisconsin. In partnership with individuals and organizations, DNR staff manage fish, wildlife, forests, parks, air and water resources while promoting a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.

Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust

The Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust (WWCT) is a statewide wetland mitigation in-lieu fee (ILF) program sponsored and administered by the Wisconsin DNR. Operational since November 2014, the WWCT allows permittees or exempt project proponents with unavoidable wetland impacts to mitigate through the purchase of credits. The program is available in all watersheds in Wisconsin.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Credit fees are used to restore, establish, enhance, or preserve wetlands within the same watershed as the impact.
  • The WWCT operates in 12 Service Areas, or major watersheds, across Wisconsin.
  • Fees from several scattered wetland impacts are used for wetland restoration projects to provide for lost ecological values and functions.
  • Open to all public agencies, municipalities, private landowners, environmental consultants, nonprofit conservation organizations, Wisconsin tribes, or any entity registered with the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions. Projects may be completed on any lands in the state of Wisconsin with the requirement that all project sites must be protected by a conservation easement or comparable legal instrument and remain as a mitigation site in perpetuity.
  • If the applicant plans to be the primary party implementing the project, they must provide qualifications and a list of wetland mitigation projects completed within the last 10 years.
    • If an applicant plans to hire professional contractors or consultants to implement the project, then they must provide the contractor or consultant’s qualifications and a list of wetland restoration projects completed within the last 10 years.

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This page was last reviewed March 08, 2024 and last updated March 08, 2024