Help Our Watershed!

Stormwater Quality Improvement Program

2016 Grant Application Now Available!

The Village of DeForest is excited to announce that it is accepting grant applications from local non-profit organizations for projects that help improve stormwater quality in the Upper Yahara River watershed. The Village designates money annually to be used for water quality improvements. In 2014, the Village opened this money up to local non-profits with a new grant program. Grants have been awarded to the Friends of Yahara River Headwaters and Clean Lakes Alliance.


Funding is intended to be used in the DeForest area for baseline data collection, analysis, planning, monitoring, education, best management practices and other functions necessary for a comprehensive and effective overall water management program. The primary focus of the program is water quality, quantity, temperature control, and monitoring. Preference will given to projects targeting phosphorous reduction.


Applicants are encouraged to seek funding partners.


To be eligible to receive funding, all projects must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Organization must have 501(c)3 status at time of project application.
  2. Project must be completed in the 2016 calendar year.


Application Package Must Include:

  1. Completed project application
  2. Proof of 501(c)3 status
  3. Clear project budget
  4. If submitting a watershed improvement project with contracted labor, the budget must backed up by at least 2 professional proposals
  5. Maps and other visual references


Application Deadline: March 4, 2016 at 12 PM NOON.

Examples of Eligible Projects

Public Education

Education campaigns on leaf management, rain gardens, etc...


Water Quality Improvement Monitoring

Replacement equipment for existing monitoring sites

Add new monitoring sites

Data analysis


Watershed Improvement

Water quality planning efforts

Streambank stabilization

Wetland restoration


This is not an all inclusive list, please be creative! All projects that help improve the watersheds will be considered.

Learn More and Apply Now

More information and the application can be found on the VIllage of DeForest website, search for "water quality improvement grant."