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5 Star Wetland and Urban Waters Restoration Grants

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What is the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program?

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program brings together students, conservation corps, other youth groups, citizen groups, corporations, landowners and government agencies to provide environmental education and training through projects that restore wetlands and streams. The program provides challenge grants, technical support and opportunities for information exchange to enable community-based restoration projects. Funding levels are modest, from $10,000 to $40,000, with $20,000 as the average amount awarded per project. However, when combined with the contributions of partners, projects that make a meaningful contribution to communities become possible. At the completion of Five Star projects, each partnership will have experience and a demonstrated record of accomplishment, and will be well-positioned to take on other projects. Aggregating over time and space, these grassroots efforts will make a significant contribution to our environmental landscape and to the understanding of the importance of healthy wetlands and streams in our communities.
For more information on the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program, see the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation webpage and the Five Star Restoration Factsheet.

Past Recipients of Five Star Grants

To date, over 300 projects have been funded through the Five Star Program.

Applying for a Five Star Grant

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Five Star Grants. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Finding Corporate/Facility Partners. Wildlife Habitat Council.
Finding Local Government Partners. National Association of Counties.

Grant Writing Resources

The biggest challenge faced by Five Star and Urban Waters applicants is to develop a comprehensive grant proposal that is complete and reflects the goals of the grant program. Here are some resources to help with the project planning and application processes as you assemble your grant application package.

Technical Resources for Grant Writers and Recipients


Rivers, Streams and Lakes


Program Coordinators

Carrie Clingan (
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036

Rebecca Culler (
Wildlife Habitat Council
8737 Colesville Rd., Suite 800
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Leslie C. Montgomery (
Southern Company
600 N. 18th Street / 14N-8195
P.O. Box 2641
Birmingham, AL 35291-8195

Myra Price (
USEPA Wetlands Division
Room 7410G (4502 T)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Catalog of Federal Funding for Watershed Protection