Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program
In December 2020, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation posted the slate of 2020 Five Star and Urban Waters grant recipients. The 2020 grant slate included 36 grant awards totaling $1.4 million to restore wildlife habitat and urban waters. See a full listing of the 2020 grant winners. EXIT
EPA and the Urban Waters Federal Partnership are proud to co-sponsor the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants Program. This program seeks to develop community capacity by providing modest assistance to diverse local partnerships for river, wetland, riparian, forest and coastal restoration, and wildlife conservation. Water monitoring, stormwater management, sourcewater protection, urban tree canopy restoration, and projects designed to prevent trash from entering waterways are just some of the types of projects that are awarded grants.
The grants are administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's (NFWF) Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program which supports projects that develop community stewardship of natural resources and address water quality issues. Support for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program is provided by the Wildlife Habitat Council, and major funding by EPA, USDA-Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, FedEx, Shell Oil Company, Southern Company and BNSF Railway. More information about the grant program can be found on the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's website.
Since 1999, the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program has supported more than a thousand projects, with more than $13.4 million in federal funds, $11.6 million in private and corporate contributions, and $81 million in matching funds at the local level. EPA has partnered with NFWF since the inception of the program, supporting community-based conservation and partnerships across the United States and its territories.