Funding Opportunities Announced

/ September 21, 2020

 



FWSP has just been made aware of funding opportunities available to our friends' groups. Due dates are coming up quickly.


 Wisconsin State Park System Friends Group Update, September 17, 2020

Groups interested in this grant opportunity are encouraged to contact the Property Manager early in the process to discuss eligible recreation, habitat, and education projects.

Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program Grants for Friends Groups

 

This year, $250,000 from the Stewardship program has been set aside for friends groups and nonprofit conservation organizations (NCOs) to improve facilities, build new recreation projects, and restore habitat on state properties. The program recognizes the important role friends groups play in meeting the development and restoration needs of state properties.

 

*Friends Groups may apply for multiple projects with a maximum total limit of $20,000 per property.

*Funding for large projects may be applied in three phases with a limit of $20,000 per year or a maximum of $60,000 per project. There must be a usable component of the project at the end of each phase.

 

Grants are awarded for up to 50% of project costs. The other 50% of project costs shall be provided by the project sponsor. Up to 50% of the sponsor's share of project costs may be non-cash donations such as materials, equipment use, services and labor. See eligibility requirements on the new Knowles-Nelson Friends Stewardship Grant web page.

 

Friends Groups are requested to submit applications to the Property Manager by Oct. 15, 2020, for review and approvals in advance of the official submission deadline of Nov. 15, 2020. See eligibility requirements and access the application on the new Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Friends Grants web page. Contact Janet Hutchens or Noah Balgooyen, grant administrator, with questions.

2020 Gift Packages:
Gifts that keep on giving – Give the Gift of Recreation!”



Welcome to The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store for 2020
Ordering online makes shopping very easy. Orders are processed and shipped within 1-2 business days via USPS.
The 2020 state park vehicle admission stickers and trail passes make great gifts. They are gifts that can be used every day, all year long, all around the state at our beautiful Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks online store uses PayPal. You can shop with or without a PayPal account. It's easy:

Click to enter the FWSP online store


 
The 2020 Close-out report is due Nov 1, 2020

In March 2020, The Friends of Wisconsin State Park offered matching grants to our Friends Groups.
  • 2020 Incentive Grant Friends groups were invited to apply for up to $1,000 for the 2020 Incentive Grant, with an equal amount in Friends match. This grant could be used for things such as Naturalist programs, exhibits, interpretive signage, or naturalist time at the park system property during the spring, summer, and fall of 2020. 

Grant Closeout Report

by on September 17, 2020
  The 2020 Close-out report is due Nov 1, 2020 .  In March 2020, The Friends of Wisconsin State Park offered matching grants to our F...


Here's an opportunity to support the work of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the WI state park system during the month of September! Do some fall shopping at the Orvis store in the Madison area and if you make a donation to FWSP of $10 or more - you will receive a $10 savings card!
The mission of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is to preserve, protect, promote, and enhance the beautiful Wisconsin State parks, forests, trails and recreation areas.
VISIT: Orvis-Madison, Greenway Station, 1650 Deming Way, Middleton, WI

Support FWSP - Fall Shopping

by on September 10, 2020
Here's an opportunity to support the work of Friends of Wisconsin State Parks and the WI state park system during the month of September...

"Each show just keeps getting better and better!" said Jan. WI (We) have to agree!

Show number four is sure to be a winner. Not only will it feature a live premiere where the viewers can interact with our experts, but the show also has an amazing lineup of clips and fun stuff.

Think Fall! My favorite season. The show has a "Fall feeling" to it.

The show is not only for adults and kids at heart. We will tie in virtual education for those virtual schoolers. Online quizzes and educational guides for virtual classes based on grades 4-7 will be highlighted.

For those impatient souls, the show will be a bit shorter - approximately 30 minutes.

Show number four will debut sometime during the week of September 20th. Be sure to go to our YouTube page and click the Subscribe button followed by the bell. We will also let everyone know on our Facebook page. Like us on Facebook.

And, lastly, wi really do appreciate all of our viewers. The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is proud of this outreach program and look forward to its growth. Wi GO Camping is not only for adults, but it's also for kids, families, and all kids young at heart,

All of the WI GO Camping shows and segments are found on our YouTube Channel.

YouTube has stopped emailing notices for new videos! I know, a sad thing! Fear not, though. Be sure to Like our Facebook Page we will let you know when the show is ready to go!!

You won't want to miss any of the action.





WI Go Camping Show #4

by on August 24, 2020
"Each show just keeps getting better and better!" said Jan. WI (We) have to agree! Show number four is sure to be a winner. Not on...
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks works closely with The Natural Resources Foundation. Specifically, we introduce our Friends Groups to grant opportunities offered by The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. 
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin funds projects that have a significant and positive impact on Wisconsin’s lands, waters, and wildlife, and that connect people to Wisconsin’s natural wonders.
The Natural Resources Foundation have invested nearly $7 million in public and private conservation efforts—from funding statewide wildlife monitoring programs to creating butterfly gardens at local schools, and from building trails at state parks to helping recover the federally endangered whooping crane.
Please click the following link for information:

Grants Available

by on February 14, 2020
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks works closely with The Natural Resources Foundation. Specifically, we introduce our Friends Groups t...

FWSP depends on the generosity of donors for the funds required to carry out its mission of preserving,  protecting, promoting and enhancing Wisconsin State  Parks, Trails, Forests and  Recreation Areas.
 ln collaboration with over  80 local Friend's chapters,  we seek to enrich the park experience for the millions of people who visit each year and to ensure that millions more will be able to enjoy Wisconsin's natural treasures in the future.
Each year, FWSP sponsors Work*Play*Earth  Day events across the park system that draw hundreds of volunteers who remove invasive species, clean up campgrounds, plant trees,  build benches and help with other essential projects.
We also educate lawmakers and citizens on issues that impact their parks. And each year, we support local  Friends groups by providing funds for education-related activities such as hiring park naturalists, developing interpretive exhibits, hosting wildlife demonstrations and outdoor skill training sessions, and improving key infrastructure in our parks.
We are continually seeking to grow our capacity to positively impact  Wisconsin parks. if you or your business would be interested in partnering with  FWSP, please contact us.   

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is pleased to offer the following options to make a contribution:


Option 1:
Mail cash or check directly to Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks kindly requests that donations are sent to the following address. Send to:
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
P.O. Box 2271
Madison, WI 53701

Option2:
Print a Form,  complete it, and mail along with check.
Click on this (Link) to download and print a PDF.


Option 3:
I would like to make a donation for projects that will enhance the Wisconsin state park and trail experience for visitors and campers to enjoy,  like, campground fire rings, playgrounds, and building improvements)
A one-time donation using Your Credit Card via Paypal

Donation Amounts

Option 4: Automatic Monthly Donation for one year.

Monthly



Friends of Wisconsin State Parks(FWSP) fundraising campaign will seek to increase the support that FWSP can provide in order to preserve, promote, protect and enhance Wisconsin’s beautiful state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks have been providing project grants to local park property Friends groups for 10 years, in order to provide a better experience for state park and trail visitors around the state.
FWSP is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization and we have set out to broaden what we do and increase our impact around the state.
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks fund educational programs throughout the park season, provide funding for workshops, the planting of trees and flowers at parks and trails, and projects that will enhance the Wisconsin state park and trail experience for visitors and campers to enjoy: campground fire rings, playgrounds, and building improvements.  FWSP is looking forward to expanding programs that bring children to state parks and trails to learn and experience nature.
The organization’s mission and values have defined FWSP for two decades, and the tax-deductible donations of the public and state park visitors and supporters of this fundraising effort will help ensure that FWSP will continue to meet its challenges and commitments in order to keep state parks vibrant and to allow for park and trail users enjoyment. The FWSP fundraising campaign will sustain our commitment to outdoor education and nature program excellence and will advance our position as a steward of funds to enhance, educate and promote the beautiful Wisconsin state park properties. This campaign is about supporting the Wisconsin state parks that we love and for the people who come to the Wisconsin state parks, the experiences that they have here and the memories that they leave with.

FWSP Fundraising Campaign

by on September 07, 2019
FWSP depends on the generosity of donors for the funds required to carry out its mission of preserving,  protecting, promoting and enhanc...

The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is:
Preserving, Promoting, Protecting, and Enhancing Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. (Click to view video)

Friends of Wisconsin State Parks supports the work of 87 local Friends chapters around the state and the work that they do at the park, forest, trail or recreation area that they are associated with. In addition, FWSP carries out its mission through these examples:

Preserve
FWSP sponsors the annual Work*Play*Earth Day projects around the state in April each year — volunteers and Friends members complete projects and clean up at state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.

Protect
FWSP advocates on state park system issues in an effort to protect Wisconsin’s beautiful state park, forest, trail, and recreation area properties. FWSP also hosts Friends Summit meetings around the state so that local Friends chapters are informed and supported in their local area.

Promote
FWSP funds projects and issues grants to local Friends chapters for educational programs and interpretive projects around the state at parks, forests, trails and recreation areas for visitors to enjoy. FWSP hosts an annual Photo contest to promote recreation at state park system properties.

Enhance
FWSP funds Tree and Flower projects at park offices and high visibility areas for the enjoyment of park visitors around the state. Friends chapters also use grant funding for projects that enhance parks, forests, and trails.

About FWSP

by on August 26, 2019
The Friends of Wisconsin State Parks mission is: Preserving,  Promoting,  Protecting,  and Enhancing  Wisconsin state  parks, forests, t...
Since its inception in 1996, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks has worked with state park, forest, trail and recreation area Friends Groups to improve state lands experience for the millions of people who visit each year and to ensure that millions more will be able to enjoy Wisconsin’s natural beauty in the future.
Click the map to enlarge. (Courtesy of WI DNR)
Believing that each generation is responsible for leaving behind a better legacy of conservation, the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks was created to preserve, protect, promote and enhance Wisconsin’s state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas.
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks is a non-profit umbrella organization supporting over 80+ friends groups around the state. FWSP provides technical support, sponsors events such as Work*Play*Earth Day, an annual Volunteer Jamboree, photography contest, and Gold Seal and HERO awards. It also provides grant opportunities for the state parks.
  • Every year friends groups provide thousands of volunteer hours to help support the mission and activities of more than 70 Wisconsin state parks, forests, trails, and recreation areas. Friends members: serve as campground hosts, visitor center hosts, naturalists and nature center hosts, adopt a trail volunteers, and assist with other special projects at the property; 
  • raise money to purchase playground equipment, interpretive displays, signs, shelters, kiosks, educational materials, and more; 
  • organize annual park cleanups and regular trail work days;
  • plan and help with special events including Candlelight nights, Community campfires, festivals/concerts, educational programs, and other special events; 
  • provide and assist with concessions; and assist with the construction of trails, shelters and accessible cabins, birdhouses, and more.
  • Read our Strategic Plan



  • The Friends of FWSP

    by on August 25, 2019
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    by on August 25, 2019
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    Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
    Patricia Loosen

    Executive Director FWSP

    P.O. Box 2271
    Madison, WI 53701-2271
    Patricia.Loosen@fwsp.org
    608-294-0810