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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Educational Institutions to Preserve and Protect Natural Resources

Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant


GrantWatch ID# 167420
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), FedEx and Southern Company
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/08/22
Deadline: 01/31/23 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
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. 

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/2022-11/five-star-2023_request-for-proposals_0.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 $300,000 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 $315,000 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 $415,000 is available from FedEx to support projects in the metropolitan areas.


Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
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

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- Equipment: Applicants are encouraged to rent equipment where possible and cost-effective or use matching funds to make those purchases. NFWF acknowledges, however, that some projects may only be completed using NFWF funds to procure equipment. If this applies to your project, please contact the program staff listed in this RFP to discuss options.
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system. Refer to Public Law 115-232, section 889 for additional information.
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicant Webinar: December 8, 2022, 2:00pm - 3:15pm ET

Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2210612534034347020

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Full Proposal Due Date: January 31, 2023, 11:59pm ET
- Review Period: February to July 2023
- Awards Announced: Late Summer 2023

Projects are required to meet or exceed a 1:1 match ratio to be competitive.

Application Information: https://www.nfwf.org/apply-grant/application-information

Applicant Webinar Recording: https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/3075172822353274624

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,600,000

Number of Grants
40-50 grants awarded per year

Estimated Size of Grant
Awards range from $25,000 to $50,000 with an average size of $40,000.

Term of Contract
Grants should span 12 to 18 months with a start date in late summer/early fall 2023.

Contact Information
Apply online: https://easygrants.nfwf.org/

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact:
Julian Fedorchuk
Coordinator, Regional Programs
julian.fedorchuk@nfwf.org
202-595-2602

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
Easygrants Helpdesk
Email: Easygrants@nfwf.org
Voicemail: 202-595-2497

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