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Educational grants & contests

Reel in grants to enhance your school- or community-based conservation, environmental and outdoor education efforts. For example, some grants provide funding to purchase fishing equipment or to help get your students engaged in habitat restoration work. Occasionally, fisheries-related contests (but not fishing tournaments) are posted here, too. Check back often for updates on deadlines or new grants.


R3 Grants
Angler R3 Grants

Grants of up to $10,000 for various entities interested in Angler Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation. This grant, supported by federal Sport Fish Restoration (SFR) funds, will provide financial assistance to partners who conduct Angler R3 programs and activities in Wisconsin. Its goals are to grow the numbers of anglers in Wisconsin and expand angling participation among adults, particularly from non-traditional audiences. The application period for the current round is closed.

EE In Wisconsin
Environmental Education in Wisconsin [exit DNR]

This list is maintained by the Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Check it frequently for updates.

NRF Grants
Teachers' Outdoor Environmental Education Fund [exit DNR]

Find grants of up to $1,000 for public school teachers (K-12) to undertake outdoor environmental education projects. Applications are typically available starting in April and due early September.

GLFT Grants
Great Lakes Fishery Trust - Ecosystem Education Projects [exit DNR]

Find grants to educational, governmental, tribal and nonprofit institutions with a 501(c)(3) designation for specific funding goals, themes and priorities. Pre-proposals accepted through mid-January each year and proposals due in April.

EPA Grants
U.S. EPA - Environmental Education Division (EED) [exit DNR]

Find grants to support projects that enhance awareness, knowledge and skills and help people make informed decisions about the environment, are encouraged. The EPA is not accepting grant proposals at this time. Please check back another time.

WEEB Grants
Wisconsin Environmental Education Board [exit DNR]

Find grants for environmental education programs. Applications are typically due in early February.

Coastal Management
Wisconsin Coastal Management Program [exit DNR]

The Wisconsin Department of Administration administers educational grants related to the Great Lakes through the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP). Applications are typically due in early November.


Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest
Wildlife Forever - State Fish Art Contest [exit DNR]
There are three categories of competition for each state: grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. Students are eligible to win scholarships, art supplies and fishing gear. Deadline: typically late March.