NFWF Issues Request for Proposals for 2020 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, Southern Company, and BNSF Railway are pleased to solicit applications for the 2020 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program.

The program seeks to help communities develop the capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations, with a focus on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. 

Projects eligible for grants 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 runoff. Projects should 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. 

Eligible applicants include nonprofit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions. Unincorporated individuals, businesses, international organizations, and U.S. federal government agencies are ineligible for this program.

The program expects that applicants will represent a mixture of urban and rural communities. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through the program.

Approximately $1.5 million will be awarded to forty to fifty organizations in 2020, with awards ranging from $20,000 to $50,000. Project duration should be twelve to eighteen months, with a start date in late summer/early fall 2020. Applications requesting more than $30,000 should propose projects longer than twelve months.

For additional information on program priorities, project metrics, and eligibility criteria, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website.

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Deadline: January 23, 2020