The N.C. Division of Coastal Management (DCM) is accepting applications for grants for local government planning and management projects for the 2022-2023 fiscal year. Local governments in the 20-county coastal area are invited to apply for funding for projects that are anticipated to begin Dec. 1 and to be completed by June 2023.
Beach, shoreline, and water management projects will receive priority for this funding cycle. These projects may include, but are not limited to, special planning efforts focused on coastal resources or issues, improvements in intergovernmental coordination, targeted research or studies, the development of local ordinances, and expanded education and outreach efforts.
Proposals for projects not related to for beach, shoreline, and water management topics may be submitted for non-prioritized funding consideration.
Local governments interested in applying for financial assistance must complete and submit one copy of the grant application via email to their local DCM District Planner. Applications must be submitted to DCM on or before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17.
DCM will review the applications and make awards based upon available funding. Local governments are encouraged to include their local contribution in their FY 2022-23 budget. All final applicants will be notified in November whether their project has been selected for funding.
Local government matching contributions for planning and management projects shall be at least 25% of the total project cost. For Tier 1 counties and their municipalities, the match is at least 10%. At least half of the local contribution must be cash match; the remainder may be in-kind.
Further information and application materials are available on DCM’s website.