The N.C. Division of Coastal Management recently announced the availability of $100,000 in grants to local governments in 20 coastal counties for projects during fiscal year 2017-2018.
Grant funding will be prioritized for natural hazards and storm recovery projects. Proposals for projects not related to the natural hazards and storm recovery topics may be submitted for non-prioritized funding consideration. The maximum request is $20,000.
Projects may include, but are not limited to, expanded education and outreach efforts, special planning efforts focused on coastal resources or issues, improvements in intergovernmental coordination, targeted research or studies, and the development of local ordinances.
The deadline for submission is March 31. Local governments will be notified by April 13 if their proposal is selected. For information on how to apply, go to https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/coastal-management/coastal-management-land-use-planning/grants.
The primary objective of the planning and management grant program is to help local governments in the 20 coastal counties fund local land-use planning and management projects. These projects assist local governments in developing and implementing land use plans and management strategies for their coastal resources.
Funding is made available through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coastal Management. Last year, the division awarded $75,000 for coastal projects.