The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, Southern Company and Alcoa Foundation are now accepting applications for the 2017 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program.
The Five Star and Urban Waters program will award approximately $2.5 million in grants nationwide. An additional funding is available for grants in special geographic areas like the Delaware River Watershed and Philadelphia.
Applications are due January 31.
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 including: wetland, riparian, forest and coastal habitat restoration; wildlife conservation; community tree canopy enhancement; and/or water quality monitoring and stormwater management; along with targeted community outreach, education and stewardship.
NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program.
Priority will be given to projects in urban, suburban and/or rural areas that advance water quality goals in environmental justice communities such as neighborhoods with high concentrations of minority and low-income populations.
Projects that increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage these communities in the project planning, outreach and implementation will have priority for funding.
NFWF expects at least 50 percent of the grants made under this RFP to go to projects engaging these communities.Click Here for all the details and a copy of the RFP.