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.  

Midwest Land and Stewardship Peer Learning Program

Calling all Midwest land protection and stewardship staff!  Apply to join the 2018-19 Peer Learning Program.

Read the Program Description and apply by March 23, 2018.

Being a part of a peer learning group is an exciting opportunity to expand your 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.

Bring your spirit of adventure and commitment to active participation, and connect with Midwest peers through: conference or videoconference calls, a peer gathering, online discussion, and a sub-group especially for those with extensive experience looking to stretch and deepen your knowledge.

Gathering Waters is partnering with the Land Trust Alliance to offer this opportunity. We will provide the framework and space to gather, and, YOU, the peers, will shape the learning opportunities, identify the subjects to discuss, and determine the frequency of meetings. Apply by March 23, 2018.



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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