Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants

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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 i​ts inc​eption,
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

​Grant Yea​r
​Total Available Funding
Total Awarded
# of Groups Awarded
​2016
​$250,000 
​​$242,550
​14
​2017
​$250,000 
$197,065
​11
​2018
​$750,000 
$558,246​​
​19
​2019
​$750,000 
$750,000
​24
​2020
​$750,000 
​$750,000
​27
​2021
​$750,000 
​$750,000
​30
​2022
​$1,000,000 
​$1,000,000
​36​


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​






Program Contact

Dana Christel
Conservation Specialist
(608) 640-7270​
dana.christel@wi.gov