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County Awards 2020 Dane County Environmental Council Grants

July 21, 2020
Ariana Vruwink, 608-267-8823
County Executive

$18,513 Awarded for 19 Projects to Help with Local Environmental Conservation, Restoration, and Education Efforts

Dane County approved $18,513 in grant awards through the Dane County Environmental Council’s Community Partners and Capital Equipment programs, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced today.

“Congratulations to this year’s recipients of the Dane County Environmental Council Grants,” said County Executive Parisi. “Through these partnerships, we are able to continue improving and conserving the county’s outdoor spaces, while also creating opportunities to educate and inspire the next generation to care for our natural resources.”

The grants will fund 19 environmental conservation, restoration, and education projects across the county. Dane County Environmental Council grants award funding to a diverse group of community organizations, school districts, and municipalities.

Examples of this year’s projects include prairie and savanna restoration, environmental education, trail improvements, equipment purchases to manage invasive species, and monitor water quality.  All of the projects must take place in Dane County and provide a benefit to Dane County natural resources and residents.  A full listing of grant recipients can be found below.   

Funding for Environmental Council grants is provided through Dane County’s Land and Water Legacy Initiative as well as generous donations from local businesses, including the American Transmission Company and Madison Gas & Electric Foundations. Grant recipients also provide matching funds in order to complete their projects. 

The Dane County Environmental Council is a six-member panel appointed by County Executive Parisi and confirmed by the County Board.  The Council assists groups in recognizing and protecting natural areas in Dane County and assumes an educational role in the awareness, conservation and protection of the environment. 

For more information on the Dane County Environmental Council, visit: http://www.countyofdane.com/commissions/environmentalcouncil