5 Start Wetland Restoration and Grants

Incentive Type: Grant Program
Infrastructure, Marine, Health And Safety
Eligible Sector:
Financial Incentive
Time Period:
FY 2015
Governing Body: US Environmental Protection Agency
What’s it worth?: Not mentioned

The Five Star Restoration Grant Program was designed to encourage collaboration of the restoration of wetlands and streams, targeted groups include:

  • Students
  • Conservation cops
  • Youth groups
  • Citizen groups
  • Corporations
  • Landowners
  • Government agencies

Funding is awarded to individual groups and may range between $5,000 and $20,000 per participating groups; groups collaborating will increase the available budget for the project. Completed Five Star projects are demonstrated records of accomplishments for participants and will position participants to receive future project funding opportunities that will add up to a significant environmental contribution. Each project typically includes five or more eligible participants.

Eligible applicants may apply online through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website. Key project elements include:

  • On-the-Ground Restoration
  • Environmental Education
  • Partnerships
  • Measurable Results

Program matching requirements are usually fulfilled with in-kind services and donations. Typical steps for Five Star Projects are:

  • Define a restoration goal
  • Identify priorities
  • Form a Watershed Group
  • Develop a Citizen monitoring program
  • Develop a restoration plan
  • Identify necessary permits
  • Review funding opportunities
  • Choose a funding opportunities
  • Develop a timeline
  • Identify potential project weaknesses and challenges
  • Prepare Grant Proposal
  • Submit proposal and receive funding
  • Implement project
  • Acknowledge funding resources
  • Monitor success
  • Identify areas for improvement