The Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides funding to producer-led groups that focus on nonpoint source pollution abatement activities through the Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant Program (PLWPG).
Program Goal: To improve Wisconsin's soil and water quality by supporting and advancing producer-led conservation solutions by increasing on the ground practices and farmer participation in these efforts.
Each application must come from a group of at least 5 farmers in the same watershed, collaborating with conservation agencies, institutions or nonprofit organizations. The maximum grant award per group will be $40,000, with a total of $750,000 available funding each fiscal year. There are 31 total projects that have been funded since the program's inception. Fourteen producer-led groups received funding in 2016 for a total of $242,550, eleven producer-led groups were awarded $197,065 for 2017 funding, nineteen groups were awarded 2018 funding for a total of $558,246, 24 groups were awarded $750,000 for 2019 funding and 27 groups were awarded $750,000 for 2020.
To learn more about all of the projects and for group contact information, click here.
DATCP's Nutrient Management Farmer Education (NMFE) Grants can utilized by producer-led groups. For more information, visit the NMFE webpage.