Monday, December 17, 2007

Grants for Communities Sustaining Local Natural Resources Such As Wetland, Riparian, and Coastal Habitat Restoration

From The Foundation Center...

Proposals Invited for Five-Star Habitat Restoration Matching Grants

Program Deadline: February 15, 2008

The Five Star Restoration Challenge 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, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration.

The National Association of Counties ( http://www.naco.org/ ), the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( http://www.nfwf.org/ ), and the Wildlife Habitat Council ( http://www.wildlifehc.org/ ), in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( http://www.epa.gov/ ), Southern Company ( http://www.southerncompany.com/ ), and Pacific Gas and Electric Company ( http://www.pge.com/ ), are accepting applications for the program.

Currently, funding is available from the program's two corporate sponsors in the Southeast states and most of northern and central California. Five Star Program partners are also soliciting proposals nationwide because additional funding from EPA is expected to be available later this year to support projects throughout the U.S. and its territories.

Five Star Projects must include on-the-ground restoration efforts; an environmental education component; partnerships (involving at least five organizations); and measurable results. The grant program is open to any public or private entity. Projects should be completed within one to two years of the award. Requests must be for $10,000 to $40,000 each.

For more information on the Five Star Restoration Program, visit the NFWF Web site. RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/10010209/nfwf

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