Special Services & Grants

DCLT Springs Preserve

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.  

Midwest Land and Stewardship Peer Learning Program

Being a part of this 2018-2019 peer learning group offers land protection and stewardship staff from across the Midwest the opportunity to expand their knowledge through practical advice and teaching. It is also a great support group—for sharing successes over a virtual coffee, or commiserating when things are not going as planned.

Gathering Waters and the Land Trust Alliance, through the Land Trust Excellence and Advancement Partnership (LEAP), are providing the framework and space to gather, and peers are shaping the learning opportunities and identifying the subjects to discuss. Read more about the program and contact Meg Domroese or MaryKay O’Donnell with questions.


Periodically, we offer competitive grant opportunities to land trusts, including for the following purposes:

  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.

Through a competitive call for innovative project proposals, these Wisconsin land trusts were awarded LEAP grants to pursue these exciting endeavors in 2017-18:

  • Driftless Area Land Conservancy: Advance plans to create a regional hiking trail system by engaging a steering committee and citizen advisory council
  • Door County Land Trust: Ensure ongoing invasive species control by mobilizing local residents as stewardship partners
  • Tall Pines Conservancy: Forge strong collaboration with area organizations to improve watershed-based land conservation and water quality management
  • The Prairie Enthusiasts: Propel prairie protection and restoration forward with a model for collaborative and sustainable organization chapters

Future grant cycles will be announced as funding allows.

Through our Land Trust Excellence & Advancement Partnership with the Land Trust Alliance, we're pleased to offer services and grants to the Wisconsin land trust community. Sign up for our technical e-bulletin, Currents, to get updates on new opportunities.


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