Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, agencies, tribal entities, and educational institutions for environmental stewardship projects. Funding is intended to support community outreach, environmental education, and ecological improvements. Grants for this program are available nationwide; additional funding is available for the geographic priorities listed in the Funding Availability section of the RFP.
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 green infrastructure best management practices for managing run-off. For more information on eligible projects, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2021-11/5-Star-and-Urban-Waters-Restoration-2022-RFP.pdf#page=1.Program Priorities:On-the-Ground Restoration: Projects must restore and/or create wetlands, green stormwater infrastructure, coastal or riparian areas Environmental Outreach, Education & Training: Projects must integrate meaningful outreach, education and/or training into the proposed on-the-ground activities that advance local watershed and conservation goals Community Partnerships: Projects must involve five or more partners (public and private entities) including the applicant Measurable Results: Projects must result in specific, measurable ecological, educational and community benefits Sustainability: Projects must include a plan for maintenance and care of the project beyond the grant period For more information on program priorities, see https://www.nfwf.org/sites/default/files/2021-11/5-Star-and-Urban-Waters-Restoration-2022-RFP.pdf#page=2.There is one application submitted to NFWF for all sources of funding:U.S. EPA Five Star Restoration Training Program: Approximately $225,000 is available nationwide from EPA to fund projects. These funds are available nationwide, in any size community. Urban Waters Federal Partnership, U.S. EPA and U.S.D.A. Forest Service: Approximately $360,000 is available from U.S. Forest Service and EPA, through the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, to improve urban water quality, restore riparian habitat and community forests, increase public access to urban waterways and make linkages to municipal flood mitigation and stormwater programs in developed watersheds throughout the United States. Funds are available nationwide for urban areas. U.S. FWS Urban Programs: Approximately $430,000 is available from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to fund projects that engage urban neighbors and foster a sense of stewardship where there are Service lands or offices nearby (within approximately 25+/- miles). Southern Company Five Star Restoration Program: Approximately $250,000 is available from Southern Company and its affiliates to support on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream or coastal habitat conservation and restoration projects in key areas served by its subsidiaries. FedEx: Approximately $400,000 is available from FedEx to support projects in the metropolitan areas.Additional funding: Up to $1,000,000 is available from a private funder to support urban green infrastructure that focuses on urban forests and tree planting, especially in underserved communities.

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