Clean Water Management Trust Fund
Contact: Bryan Gossage, Executive Director
Eligibility: A state agency, a local government, or a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is the conservation, preservation, and restoration of North Carolina's environmental and natural resources is eligible to apply for a grant.
Scope: Enhancing and/or protecting water quality, enhance or restore degraded water, contribute to network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits.
Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Contact: Seth Robertson
Eligibility: Applicant must be a unit of local government
Scope: Funding can be provided for all eligible projects as provided for in the Clean Water Act and NCGS 159G including wastewater treatment facilities, collection systems, stream restorations, stormwater best management practices (BMPs), etc. that improve water quality.
EPA Source Water Protection Funding Information
EPA provides funding to assist local communities interested in planning and implementing source water protection activities. This funding can be in the form of grants, low interest loans, and cost sharing. The following websites provide information regarding federal funding sources that may be useful for locating sources of funding.
The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection web site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects ranging from outreach and education, forming community based partnerships for source water protection, point source control, nonpoint source activities, agricultural BMPs, floodplain/riparian zones, groundwater protection, pollution prevention, research, stormwater management and water conservation to name a few.
The Grants and Other Funding under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) website describes who may receive federal financial assistance from EPA and what types of grants are awarded under the SDWA.
The EPA Region 4 Grants site provides grant and financial information for applicants located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
205(j) Water Quality Management Planning Grant, Division of Water Resources
Contact: Heather Jennings
Eligibility: Applicant must be a regional Council of Government.
Scope: Water quality management and planning projects including, but not limited to:
- Identifying most cost effective and locally acceptable facility and non-point source measures to meet and maintain water quality standards;
- Developing an implementation plan to obtain state and local financial and regulatory commitments to implement measures developed under subparagraph A;
- Determining the nature, extent, and cause of water quality problems in various areas of the state.
Nonpoint Source 319 Grant Program, Division of Water Resources
Contact: Heather Jennings
Eligibility: Public and non-profit organizations to address current or potential nonpoint source concerns
Scope: The Section 319 Grant program was established to provide funding for efforts to reduce nonpoint source pollution, commonly referred to as stormwater runoff pollution.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Natural Resource Conservation Service
Contact: Greg Walker
Eligibility: Persons who are engaged in livestock or agricultural production on eligible land.
Scope: Provides technical assistance and education to producers to address a broad range of soil, water, air, wildlife, and related natural resource concerns. Contracts may include cropland, hay land, grazing land, wetlands, wildlife land, or forest land cost sharing (pays 50-75% of costs for installing/implementing certain conservation practices). Program provides incentive payments for producers to try new management practices such as erosion control and related practices, livestock practices, wildlife practices, etc. that they may not otherwise implement without the incentive.
Infrastructure Grants Program, NC Rural Economic Development Center
Contact: Mary Kay Clifford
Eligibility: Most grants are eligible to a unit of local government in one of North Carolina's rural counties.
- Economic Infrastructure Grants - for water and sewer, natural gas and broadband. Project must create private sector jobs
- Clean Water Planning Grants - provides funding for local governments to undertake planning efforts that support strategic investments in water and sewer infrastructure.
- Clean Water Construction Grants - provides funding for water and sewer construction. Priority may be given to projects that eliminate verifiable threats to public health, achieve significant environmental protection and retain jobs in the private sector.
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
Contact: Hawley Truax
Phone: 336-725-7541 ext. 120
Eligibility: Charitable, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations, colleges/universities, religious entities and government units for programs and projects that serve the people of North Carolina. Out-of-state charitable organizations are eligible to apply for funds to support projects operating in North Carolina.
Scope: The foundation focuses its environmental grants on four main categories: clean energy and climate action; environmental justice; clean air and water; and preserving our natural landscapes.