Watershed-Protection Grants

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is accepting applications for 2024 Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants through Sept. 15. These grants advance producer-led conservation solutions and help farmers to find conservation solutions that are best suited to their watershed. The total program budget for 2024 is $1 million, and eligible groups can receive up to $40,000. 

Applicants must be groups of at least five farmers whose farms are in the same or adjacent watershed, and each farm must have produced at least $6,000 in gross farm revenue last year, or $18,000 during the past three years. Each group must also partner with a county land-conservation department, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, or a nonprofit conservation organization. Both newly formed and established groups may apply.

Find grant information and application materials at, and direct questions to Dana Christel at [email protected] or 608.640.7270.