Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and the Dane County Environmental Council announced that the County is accepting applications for two public/private grant programs designed to support projects that improve, protect, and enhance Dane County's land and water resources. As part of Falk's Land and Water Legacy Initiative created in 2007 , the Capital Equipment Grant Program will make awards up to $2,500 per applicant (total of $5,000 available) to assist with the purchase or rental of equipment or services that will benefit Dane County conservation projects. The grants require a dollar-for-dollar match from applicants.
In addition, the Community Partners Grant Program will provide up to $1,000 for small projects that promote environmental education, conservation, and restoration.
"There are many dedicated conservation organizations working to improve our environment," said Falk. "Through these grants, we become an active partner in their work to enhance special places for Dane County's residents to enjoy." The programs, administered by the Dane County Environmental Council, are competitive. Applications are due on March 1st, 2010.
This is the fourth year the grant program has been offered. County supported funding for it was reduced from $26,000 to $6,000 for 2010. Each year the county dollars for the grant program help leverage private contributions that also help support these grants. Over $8,000 in private contributions were raised in 2009.
The Dane County Environmental Council is appointed by Falk and approved by the County Board. The Council's mission is to assist groups in recognizing and protecting natural areas in Dane County and to assume an educational role in the awareness, conservation and protection of the environment.
Grant applications can be downloaded from the Dane County Environmental Council website at:
http://www.countyofdane.com/commissions/environmentalcouncil. For more information, contact Mindy Habecker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 224-3718.