Special Services & Grants

These opportunities are available to Wisconsin land trusts by a periodic application process.  As a service to the land trust community we develop customized programming that promotes quality land conservation and fosters excellence.  We are able to heavily subsidize these programs and learning opportunities thanks to the generosity of our LEAP supporters, including the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Peer Mentoring Program for Wisconsin and Michigan Land Trusts

November 24, 2014 is the deadline to apply to participate in the 2015-2016 Program.

The Land Trust Alliance, Gathering Waters, and Heart of the Lakes are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Midwest Peer Mentoring Program, available to staff at Wisconsin and Michigan land trusts.

This two-year program begins in January 2015 and ends in October 2016. It blends the best elements of our past peer mentoring programs with new components, specially tailored for each group. In this round, the Executive and Associate Directors, Land and Stewardship, and Development and Communications peer groups will be joined by two new groups: Women in Conservation and Community Conservation.

Think you may want to join? Please start by downloading and reading the program description. The program description includes important information about program services, benefits, peer groups, expectations and responsibilities. This is a new program – if you were in a previous iteration of the peer mentoring program, you must apply again.
Complete the online application by November 24, 2014.

You will be notified about whether you’ve been accepted into the program by December 15, 2014.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact us:

MaryKay O’Donnell, Land Trust Alliance, 269-352-7032
Meg Domroese, Gathering Waters, 608-251-9131 x12
Julie Stoneman, Heart of the Lakes, 989-292-3582 x102

If you have difficulty downloading the program description or using the online application, please contact Laura Eklov at 269-324-1683.

Services & Grants by application

Through the Land Trust Excellence & Advancement Program, we're pleased to offer grants to the Wisconsin land trust community for independent projects. This opportunity is open to all member land trusts on a competitive basis. Sign up for our technical e-bulletin, Currents, to get updates on new opportunities.

Periodically, we accept applications from land trusts on a competitive basis in the following categories:
  1. Guided assessment using Land Trust Standards & Practices as a guide.
  2. Mentoring services from the Land Trust Alliance and Gathering Waters to implement an element of Land Trust Standards & Practices. 
  3. Small grants ($1,000-$5,000) to be used to accomplish a needed activity that propels a land trust to a higher level of performance.

2013-2014 LEAP Grants included these exciting endeavors:

An endowment campaign for Baird Creek Preservation Foundation
A trailfinder mobile application for Bayfield Regional Conservancy
Board development for Glacial Lakes Conservancy
New membership software for Kettle Moraine Land Trust
A new website re-design for Northwoods Land Trust
New communications tools for West Wisconsin Land Trust

Peer to Peer Mentoring

This is an organized effort to match peers of similar experiences throughout the states of Michigan and Wisconsin to learn from one another as a component of both ACE (Accelerating Conservancy Excellence) and LEAP (Land Trust Excellence & Advancement Program).  This mentoring program fosters relationships and advances learning and sharing opportunities within the land trust community.  In addition to individual visits there are group learning opportunities throughout the program.

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