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Stream Restoration Grant

Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits and
Agencies to Restore the Quality of Streams

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Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF)

Deadline Date:

02/04/19 Midnight


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Grants to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support a range of stream restoration projects. Required registrations may take up to two weeks to complete. Funding is intended for projects that restore, enhance, and stabilize streams and wetlands.

CWMTF will fund restoration projects, that restore the natural hydrology, stream channel, floodplain and/or riparian habitat to provide ecological uplift and the long‐term stability of natural resources, including:
- Stream Restoration, Enhancement, or Stabilization
- Wetland Restoration, Creation, or Enhancement
- Other projects that would promote the quality of receiving surface waters.

Moneys from the Fund are appropriated annually to finance projects to clean up or prevent surface water pollution and for land preservation.

The purposes for which funds may be used for stream restoration is the following:
- To restore previously degraded lands to establish their ability to protect water quality.

Note: Restoration efforts funded by the CWMTF must be protected by a conservation easement.

About Stream Restoration Projects:

The waters of North Carolina are vitally important to the well being of the environment, economy and citizens. Properly functioning streams provide clean drinking water, aquatic habitat and boundless recreational opportunities. Many streams have been altered either directly or indirectly by changes that have occurred in the surrounding landscape. Through modern restoration techniques, these negative impacts can be undone and streams can be restored to look and function as they once did. CWMTF has already restored hundreds of miles of streams across North Carolina.

Stream Restoration Types:

Stream restoration projects employ a wide range of designs and techniques to stabilize eroding stream banks and to restore the natural and productive aquatic habitats. Where feasible, some projects involve restoration of the stream and its entire floodplain; changing a straight-cut-ditch back into its original form of meandering stream. Other projects, in areas where infrastructure or other constraints exist, take a more modest approach to restoration by establishing a floodplain bench and rock or wooden structures to allow the stream to flow naturally in just a portion of its original floodplain extent. Still other projects, where degradation is not yet too severe, restore streams by simple replanting stream banks and riparian areas to limit erosion and improve habitat. Three diverse yet successful examples of stream restoration techniques are outlined below.

Restoration - Priority One:

Where the land is available and free of structures, it is possible to take a once straightened and eroding stream and return it to it’s natural and stable form of a relatively small stream channel that has access to a large floodplain that involves most or all of the valley. CWMTF has funded many such projects including the restoration of Purlear Creek by the NC Division of Forest Resources. While such projects can be expensive and require large areas of land to be protected by conservation easements, they provide he maximum resource and social benefits by eliminating stream bank erosion, providing excellent water quality and preserving natural and historic landscapes.

Restoration - Priority Two:

In urban area or other landscapes where stream courses are constrained by homes and other important infrastructure, stream restoration can still play an important role in preventing stream bank erosion and allowing natural stream process to improve water quality and enhance neighborhoods. Work to slope eroding stream banks back to stable conditions, adding structures to prevent erosion and improve habitat and planting native vegetation can stabilize streams in a modified but sustainable form. CWMTF has worked with many local, city, county, and town governments to achieve environmental and social benefits in many NC communities.

Stream Enhancement:

Many times, a stable and valuable stream can be achieved by simply planting native vegetation along streambanks where human activities have removed trees and other plants that provide natural protection to streams. CWMTF has worked with many non-profit and State agencies to protect streams through such planting efforts. The example seen below in the New River basin shows recently planted shrubs and trees designed to naturally protect the high water quality, excellent habitat, and beauty of this steam.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168302

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To receive funds from CWMTF, the applicant must be a State Agency; a local government unit; or a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the State’s cultural, environmental and natural resources.

Pre-Application Information:

New allowance: applicants may apply for limited CWMTF contribution to dedicated stewardship endowment funds.

For Restoration Projects where conservation easements meet or exceed CWMTF guidelines and where a land trust organization, Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, has agreed to steward project easements, applicants may request up to 50% of endowment funds established to monitor the project easements in perpetuity. If awarded, stewardship funds provided by the applicant organization must be deposited into a stewardship endowment before receiving funds from CWMTF.

During the application process, applicants will be asked to complete a stewardship table in addition to the budget table in GMS. The amount calculated on the budget sheet must be split between CWMTF and Grant Recipient, with CWMTF funding no more than 50% of the endowment amount.

Contact your field representative for guidance and assistance with your project.

In order to submit a grant application, your organization must be registered and an authorized user granted access to the GMS. This process can take 1 – 2 weeks. Please begin the registration process as soon as possible to ensure you are able to meet the grant submission deadline of February 4th.

The deadline for submitting applications is midnight, February 4, 2019.

Application review and field visit – Spring 2019

Within a few weeks of the application deadline, a Field Representative will contact you to schedule a field visit. The Field Representative will be your primary point of contact throughout the application review.

Funding Decisions – September 12, 2019

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Restoration efforts funded by the CWMTF must be protected by a conservation easement. Click here to learn more and download easement templates:

More information about restoration projects may be found here:

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Contact Information:

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

Once registered, you may login to GMS in Internet Explorer to apply:

Damon Hearne, Field Representative, Western Region
828-296-7230 x231

Justin Mercer, Field Representative, Eastern Region

Steve Bevington, Restoration Program Manager
(919) 707-9128

Field Representatives are listed here:

Physical Address:
121 W. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

Mailing Address:
1651 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1651

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina