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EPA Urban Waters Program Funding Opportunities

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 2:51pm

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Request for Proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced an RFP for Five-Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants.  The grant 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, forest, riparian and coastal habitat restoration, stormwater management, outreach and stewardship with a particular focus on water quality, watersheds and the habitats they support. This opportunity is sponsored in part by the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, to improve urban water quality, increase public access and restore riparian habitat and urban forests in developed watersheds throughout the United States.

Also in this RFP, EPA makes funding available through its Five Star Program for on-the-ground restoration projects that include on-the-ground wetland, riparian, in stream and/or coastal habitat restoration. For more information please visit EPA’s Five Star Website at: .

There is a webinar about the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program for potential applicants on Thursday, December 5 (2-3:30 pm EDT). The webinar will review the RFP and provide an overview of the program. First time applicants and anyone with questions about the RFP are strongly encouraged to participate in the webinar. Registration information can be found on the website at

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), the National Association of Counties, and the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Forest Service (USFS), the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Southern Company, FedEx and PG&E, have created a combined total funding opportunity for the 2014 Five Star/Urban Waters Restoration Program of approximately $1,800,000. Applications for this RFP must be submitted online in Easygrants by 11:59 pm EDT, Wednesday, February 5, 2014.   See the RFP to learn more about using Easygrants.

EPA Urban Waters Small Grants Information Session Available Nov. 14

EPA issued the 2013/2014 Urban Waters Small Grants Requests for Proposals (RFP) on September 26, 2013 and posted information about the small grants program and the upcoming webinar for applicants at: (

There will be a webinar for those seeking additional information on the RFP on November 14, 2013 at 2:00 EDT. Registration is open at: .

Small grant awards under this competition will range in the amount of approximately $40,000 to $60,000 in federal funding, and EPA expects to award up to $1.6 million in total funding. The funding is for projects taking place in 18 Eligible Geographic Areas that protect and restore urban waters by improving water quality through activities that also support community revitalization and other local priorities. The 18 Eligible Geographic Areas are listed and illustrated in maps found at the Urban Waters Small Grants program mapping website .

A complete recording and transcript will be posted after the information session. The deadline for proposals is December 16th, 2013.



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