National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 2022-Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants

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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Wildlife Habitat Council, in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the USDA Forest Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, and Southern Company are accepting applications for the 2022 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program.

The program aims to help communities develop the 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 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.

Approximately $2,650,000 is available nationwide for projects that meet program priorities. Awards typically range from $20,000 to $50,000 with an average size of $35,000 and about fifty grants awarded per year. Grants should span twelve to eighteen months with a start date in late summer/early fall 2022.

Deadline: 1/25/2022