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.
Grants support producer-led conservation solutions
by encouraging innovation and farmer participation
in on-the-ground efforts to improve Wisconsin’s
soil health and water quality.
Since its inception,
the program funding has quadrupled and the number of groups has nearly tripled. There are 41 total projects that have been funded since the program's inception.
Producer-Led Grants Funding Summary 2016-2022
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At a glance grant requirements:
At least 5 farmers within the same watershed
At least one collaborator: county land conservation, UW-Division of Extension, WI DNR, nonprofit organization
Max award $40,000 per group