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The Community Partners Program provides funding for small projects that promote environmental education, conservation, and restoration of Dane County's natural resources. The maximum award in the Community Partners Program is $1000, but the Environmental Council anticipates funding a variety of proposals with award amounts ranging from $250 to $1000. Matching funds are not required, but are strongly encouraged. Deadlines for proposals are expected to be around the end of February of each year.

Applicant Eligibility – Eligible applicants are non-profit organizations, municipalities and school districts.

Project Eligibility – All projects must be located in Dane County. Small grants may be used for projects that promote environmental education, conservation, or restoration of Dane County's natural resources. The Council will base award of a grant on clarity of purpose, likelihood of success, and alignment with the Council's goals.

Examples of projects previously funded through this program:

  • Middle School field science service-learning project to test water and soil quality at Cherokee Marsh
  • Sponsorship for the Girl Scouts of Black Hawk Council to help develop a new interpretive trail at Camp Brandenburg in Middleton
  • Prairie seed and ground preparation equipment for prairie restoration/education projects on the Ice Age Trail
  • Sponsorship of clearing invasive exotic plant species along trails in the Token Creek Watershed
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Funding for the Community Partners program is provided through Dane County and generous contributions from private individuals and businesses, including:

  • American Transmission Complany, LLC, 2009-2010
  • Madison Gas and Electric Foundation, Inc., 2009
  • Stevens Design, LLC, 2007-2008