Grant Programs

PARC & Ride Grant Program

The PARC & Ride Grant Program provides matching grants for designing and constructing new shared-use trails that provide a regional shared-use trail connection as identified in the 2018-2023 Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan.  Grants will be awarded for capital projects that expand bike trail interconnectivity, create destination-oriented regional bike trails, and improve bike safety.  The 2018 Dane County Budget includes up to $500,000 for eligible projects.  The standard grant amount will be up to 50% of the project costs.  To apply to the PARC & Ride Program, an organization should be one of the following: 

  • Towns, villages, or cities in Dane County
  • Other governmental units in Dane County (school districts, universities, MPOs, tribal governments)

Grant applications are due October 1, 2018. 
Applicants must contact Sara Rigelman BEFORE submitting a grant application to determine if projects are eligible.  

Below are the grant guidelines and application materials for the program:

Trail projects funded through the program must adhere to the Dane County Parks regional multi-use trail standards for limestone and paved trails.

For more information, contact Sara Rigelman at 608-224-3611 or


Conservation Fund Grant Program

The Conservation Fund Grant Program offers grants to non-profit organizations and local governmental units for the purchase of land or land interests identified in the Dane County Parks & Open Space Plan Dane County Parks & Open Space Plan or for lands in buffer areas immediately adjacent to park lands. Recognizing the power of partnerships in leveraging County dollars and accelerating the purchase of properties, this program earmarks up to 20% of the Dane County Conservation Fund for these grants.

Applications are accepted throughout the year

For more information, contact Sharene Smith at 224-3761 or