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Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program (CWHEP)

Grants to North Carolina and South Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies
to Improve Habitats in the Catawba-Wateree River Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Duke Energy, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to North Carolina and South Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for habitat creation, enhancement, and protection activities focused on the Catawba-Wateree River and its reservoirs. Funding is specifically intended for shallow water fish and wildlife habitat enhancement.

Projects eligible for funding include a wide range of categories – from planting native shoreline vegetation, the construction of osprey platforms and wood duck boxes, and the installation of fish attractors, to the purchase of property and conservation easements along the Catawba-Wateree River that permanently preserve rare and unique habitats.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171765

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Individual project awards typically range from $10,000 to $50,000.
- For 2019, over $1.9 million is available for enhancement projects located in North Carolina. Funds totaling over $1.5 million are available for projects located in South Carolina.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Catawba-Wateree Habitat Enhancement Program (CWHEP) provides grants to qualifying government agencies and tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Individuals and private companies may partner with an eligible organization or entity.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted from May 1 through July 31 and must be
submitted electronically.

Funding for successful proposals is awarded in the fall.

Before implementing any activities on Duke Energy’s lake property or within the FERC Project Boundary at Duke Energy lakes, you must apply for and receive a lake use permit. Although not required, the Applicant is encouraged to consult with Duke Energy Lake Services prior to application submission:

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to and include your proposal as an attachment.

If you have any questions on the application process call Michael Abney at 980.373.0435, or email the address above.

Habitat Enhancement Program
526 S. Church St. (EC-12Y)
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina;   South Carolina