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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration grant program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support.

Projects include a variety of ecological improvements along with targeted community outreach, education, and stewardship. Ecological improvements may include one or more of the following: wetland, riparian, forest, and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; water quality monitoring; and stormwater management. Projects should also increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards, and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach, and implementation.

Proposals should address at least one bullet under each of the five following priorities:

  • On-the-Ground Restoration: Restore and/or create wetlands, coastal areas, or riparian areas
  • Environmental Outreach, Education, and Training: Integrate meaningful outreach, education and/or training into the proposed on-the-ground activities that advance local watershed and conservation goals
  • Community Partnerships: Involve five or more partners (public and private entities) including the applicant
  • Measurable Results: Result in specific, measurable ecological, educational, and community benefits
  • Sustainability: Include a plan for maintenance and care of the project beyond the grant period

Amount: Approximately $2,000,000 is available to award up to 50 grants, ranging from $20,000-$50,000 and averaging at $30,000. Grants should span 12 to 18 months. Applications requesting more than $30,000 should propose projects longer than twelve months.

Eligibility: Tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions.

Link: http://www.nfwf.org/fivestar/Pages/2018rfp.aspx

Note: An Applicant Webinar will be held on November 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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