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North Carolina Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Fund

Grants to North Carolina Agencies in Eligible
Counties for Capital Projects In Coastal Areas

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North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) - Division of Coastal Management (DCM)

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08/16/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to North Carolina agencies in eligible counties for capital projects, such as land acquisition and site improvements, in coastal areas. Applicants must submit a pre-application prior to submission of a full application. Eligible applicants are located in the counties of Bertie, Hertford, Hyde, Pasquotank, Tyrell, and Washington.

DCM awards matching grants to local governments for projects to improve pedestrian access to the state's beaches and waterways. Local governments may use access grants to construct low-cost public access facilities, including parking areas, restrooms, dune crossovers and piers. Projects range in size from small, local access areas to regional access sites with amenities such as large parking lots, bathrooms and picnic shelters.

Towns and counties may also use the grants to replace aging access facilities, help acquire land for access sites, or to revitalize urban waterfronts. 

Examples of eligible projects include the following:

  • Land acquisition - purchase of land for future public access facilities.
  • Land easement acquisition - purchase of easements for public access.
  • Parking areas, restrooms and other facilities.
  • Urban waterfront access sites - improved public access to deteriorating or underutilized urban waterfronts through reconstruction or rehabilitation.
  • Reconstruction or relocation of existing damaged public access facilities. Primarily for sites not originally funded by this program or for improvements to any sites at least fifteen (15) years old.
  • Handicap facilities - Local governments are encouraged to submit proposals designed to enhance handicap accessibility existing facilities.
  • Boat Launch facilities- boat launch and ramp facilities, whether motorized or not, may be part of a project provided pedestrian access is still a major component of the project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 137942

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Maximum Request: There is no limit on maximum request. However due to the limited funds available, applicants need to be mindful that larger requests may be difficult to accommodate.

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Contract Period: Eighteen (18) months beginning between November 2021 and January 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local governments are invited to apply for funding. The 20 coastal counties and municipalities therein that have public trust waters (ocean, estuarine or riverine waters) within their jurisdictions may apply.

For ineligible costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

The application process has three steps: the Pre-application, invitation to submit a Final Application, and grant contract approval. DCM will review the pre-applications and select a number of proposals for further consideration based on available funding.

- Your local DCM District Planner must receive pre-applications on or before 5:00 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021.
- Local governments whose proposals are selected will be notified by Friday, May 14, 2021 to submit a Final Application with more detailed project information.
- Final Applications are anticipated to be due on or before 5:00 pm on Monday, August 16, 2021.

Match: Local government matching contributions for acquisition must be at least 15% of the total project cost. For Tier 1 counties and their municipalities, the match for acquisition is at least 10%. Grants for improvements to existing sites must be at least 25% however, for Tier 1 counties and their municipalities; the match is 10%.

Access grants are paid as reimbursements of actual expenses.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, contact your District Planner:

Local governments located in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Tyrell, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Washington counties should contact:
Charlan Owens, AICP, District Planner
Division of Coastal Management
401 South Griffin Street, Suite 300, Elizabeth City, N.C. 27909
(252) 264-3901

Local governments located in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Hyde, and Pamlico counties should contact:
Rachel Love-Adrick, District Planner
Division of Coastal Management
400 Commerce Ave. Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 808-2808

Local governments located in Pender, Onslow, New Hanover, and Brunswick counties should contact:
Mike Christenbury, District Planner
Division of Coastal Management
127 Cardinal Drive Extension, Wilmington, N.C. 28405-3845
(910) 796-7475

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