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Funding Opportunity: Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program 2021

January 28

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx, Southern Company and BNSF Railway are pleased to solicit applications for the 2021 Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration program. This program will award approximately $1.5 million in grants nationwide.

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.

Award range: $20,000 to $50,000 with an average size of $35,000.

Program Priorities:
Proposals should address each of the five following priorities.

  • On-the-Ground Restoration
  • Environmental Outreach, Education & Training
  • Community Partnerships
  • Measurable Results
  • Sustainability


  • Full Proposal deadline: January 28, 2021, 11:59 pm EST
  • Awards announced: Late Summer 2021
  • Grants should span 12 to 18 months with a start date in late summer/fall 2021

Eligible and Ineligible Entities:

  • Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes and educational institutions
  • Ineligible applicants include: unincorporated individuals, businesses, international organizations and U.S. federal government agencies

Additional information to support the application process can be accessed on the NFWF website’s Applicant Information page.

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Chloe Hundelt, Coordinator, Community Stewardship