Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

The Five Star Grant Program seeks to develop community capacity to sustain local natural resources for future generations by providing financial assistance to diverse local partnerships focused on improving water quality, watersheds, and the species and habitats they support. Through this program, the U.S. Fish and Service’s Urban Bird Treaty and Urban Wildlife Partnership Program fund community-based urban bird and wildlife conservation projects that focus on intentional collaboration with diverse and underserved communities in U.S cities.
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.

Projects should increase access to the benefits of nature, reduce the impact of environmental hazards and engage local communities, particularly underserved communities, in project planning, outreach and implementation. This program expects that applicants will represent a mixture of urban and rural communities. NFWF may use a mix of public and private funding sources to support any grant made through this program and we expect that more than half of projects awarded will support underserved communities.

Funding Agency

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)


(Urban Wildlife Partnerships) or to at NFWF


This program will award approximately $2.6 million in grants nationwide.

Funding Cycle


Application Deadline

January 25, 2022