Grants Programs

PARC & Ride Bicycle Trail Grant Program

The PARC & Ride Bicycle Grant Program is a new grant program—built on the success of the Partners for Conservation and Recreation (PARC) grant program—that provides matching grants to Dane County municipalities for expanding bike trail connectivity throughout Dane County. The 2015 Dane County Budget includes up to $750,000 for eligible projects. Grants will be awarded for capital projects that expand bike trail interconnectivity, create destination-oriented regional bike trails, and improve bike safety.

A brief preliminary grant proposal is due by Friday, July 31st, 2015. The proposal should be a maximum of two pages long describing the project scope, location, timeline and estimated budget. A concept site plan for the project should be submitted with the proposal. Applicants with qualifying projects will be invited to submit full grant applications by September 30th, 2015. It’s anticipated that grant awards will be approved by the end of this year.

Below are the grant guidelines for the program:

For more information, contact Sara Kwitek at 224-3611 or

Conservation Fund Grant Program

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The Conservation Fund Grant Program offers grants to non-profit organizations and local governmental units for the purchase of land or land interests identified in the Dane County Parks & Open Space Plan Dane County Parks & Open Space Plan or for lands in buffer areas immediately adjacent to park lands. Recognizing the power of partnerships in leveraging County dollars and accelerating the purchase of properties, this program earmarks up to 20% of the Dane County Conservation Fund for these grants.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

For more information, contact Sara Kwitek at 224-3611 or