National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
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; and wildlife conservation, community tree canopy enhancement, water quality monitoring, and green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. 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. This program expects that applicants will represent a mixture of urban and rural communities.
Amount: Approximately $1,700,000 will be available to award 40-50 projects with funds ranging from $20,000-$50,000 and averaging $30,000. Grants should span 12 to 18 months in length. Applications requesting more than $30,000 should propose projects longer than 12 months.
Eligibility: Non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.
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