The Division of Coastal Management helps local governments in the 20 coastal counties fund local planning and management projects through their Planning and Management Grants Program.

This grant program provides funding to assist local governments in the refining and implementing of plans and management strategies for their coastal resources that are consistent with the state guidelines (15A NCAC 07L).

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Eligible applicants include local governments in the 20 coastal counties and their municipalities. Two or more eligible applicants may submit a joint application to carry out jointly sponsored regional projects.

The 2022-23 grant cycle is now closed. 

Project priority this grant cycle is for beach, shoreline, and water management projects:

  1. Beach Management Plans in accordance with 15A NCAC 07J.1200; and
  2. Local Ordinances Covering Estuarine and Navigable Waters.

Proposals for projects not related to the beach, shoreline, and water management topics may be submitted for non-prioritized funding consideration. 

Due to the 7-month timeframe for completion, land use and comprehensive plans intended for state certification will not be considered under this application.


The application process has two steps: application and and grant contract approval. 

Application Cycle Important Dates
Application Due  December 1, 2022
Applicant Notified of Funding November 2022
Contracts Start December 2022
Contracts End June 2023

In addition to evaluating proposals in accordance with the project priorities, DCM shall consider the following factors when awarding a grant:

  • Project’s contribution towards meeting CRC land use planning management topics, as outlined in 15A NCAC 7B .0702(d)(2);
  • Extent to which the project includes measures of environmental protection beyond Areas of Environmental Concern (AEC) standards;
  • Applicant’s urgency of need;
  • History of applicant’s implementation of CAMA planning and management activities;
  • Feasibility of successful completion of project by the applicant;
  • Past experiences with this program as well as present management and administrative capabilities
  • Potential applicability of the projects to other coastal area municipalities and counties; and
  • Geographic distribution of applicants.

The Division of Coastal Management provides technical assistance to local governments. Contact your District Planner to discuss your application or project.

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Funding was prioritized for beach, shoreline, and water management projects; specifically Beach Management Plans in accordance with 15A NCAC 07J.1200; and local ordinances covering estuarine and navigable waters. The Division awarded $117,750 to the following communities:

Funding was prioritized for Natural Hazards and Storm Recovery projects. The Division awarded $73,500 in grants to the following communities:
  • $20,000 Beaufort County developed a Shoreline Erosion Control Plan to address at Wright’s Creek Park. The plan examines erosion at the site and explores various erosion control methods.
  • $20,000 Town of Duck to conduct a Coastal Hazards Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment  of the vulnerability of town structures and transportation systems to coastal hazards and sea level rise.
  • $13,500 Hyde County for a Feasibility Study for Pump and Drainage Improvements for Swanquarter Town Ditch Canal.
  • $20,000 Nags Head designed a Drainage Infrastructure Improvement Assessment of three drainage project areas totaling 27 acres to include stormwater modeling and Development of conceptual drainage solutions that will be incorporated in the town's Capital Improvement Plan. The solutions identified include catch basins, french drain, perforated pipe, force main, and ground water pump.  

Funding was prioritized for Natural Hazards and Storm Recovery projects. The Division awarded $100,000 in grants to the following communities:
  • $20,000 Currituck County to conduct a Coastal Resilience Rainfall Flood Study to identify areas vulnerable to rainfall flooding
  • $17,500 Elizabeth City to create a Charles Creek Flood Mitigation Plan to mitigate flooding in the Charles Creek area
  • $17,500 Carolina Shores to produce a flood mitigation manual to aid property owners in reducing flooding
  • $15,000 Caswell Beach for a stormwater drainage study to identify alternatives to alleviate flooding
  • $15,000 Hyde County to develop Lake Mattamuskeet Watershed Restoration Plan to improve water quality
  • $7,500   Pender County to update its land use plan policies related natural hazard areas
  • $7,500   Swansboro to update its land use plan to include natural hazards and storm recovery efforts


Funding for the 2016-17 grant cycle did not have a priority topic. The Division awarded $75,000 in grants to the following communities:
  • $15,000 grant to Morehead City to develop a Flood Mitigation Plan and Public Participation Plan to enhance their CRS program
  • $15,000 grant to Chowan County and the Town of Edenton to develop a joint land use plan
  • $15,000 grant to Ocean Isle Beach to update their land use plan
  • $15,000 grant to Shallotte to update their land use plan
  • $15,000 grant to Wrightsville Beach to update their land use plan