National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Restoration Program

Posted by on January 23, 2011

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Accepting Applications for Five Star Restoration Program
Deadline: February 14, 2011

Administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation with the support of public and private partner organizations and corporations, the Five Star Restoration Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing modest financial assistance to diverse local partnerships for wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration

To be eligible for funding, projects must include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream, and/ or coastal habitat restoration; integrate meaningful education into the restoration project either through community outreach, participation, and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum; and result in measurable ecological, educational, and community benefits.

In 2011, NFWF anticipates the following funding will be made available by program partners:

The United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water will provide approximately $200,000 in total funding for projects in the United States, with a focus on regions not served by other funders.

Southern Company and its operating companies (Georgia Power, Alabama Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power) will provide approximately $200,000 in total funding to support projects in the Southern Company service area (areas of Georgia, Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, and southeast Mississippi).

FedEx EarthSmart Outreach will provide approximately $375,000 in total funding to support urban conservation and restoration in the following eleven metropolitan areas: Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Memphis, Newark, Pittsburgh, San Francisco/Oakland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

The Five Star Restoration Program is open to any public or private entity that can receive grants. While partnerships are encouraged to include state and federal agencies, those entities may not serve as the grantee unless the community partners demonstrate that the state or federal agency is best suited to coordinate the community-based project.

Grants will vary in size, duration, and scale. In general, smaller scale, one-year projects will be eligible for grants of $10,000 to $25,000 each, while two-year, larger scale projects will be eligible for grants of $10,000 to $40,000 each. A minimum 1:1 match of cash or in-kind/contributed goods and services to funds requested is expected.

Visit the NFWF Web site for the complete Request for Proposals and application procedures.

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