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Water Resources Development Grant Program

Grants to North Carolina Local Governments
for Watershed Protection and Management

GrantWatch ID#: 176751
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) - Division of Water Resources (DWR)


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Grants to North Carolina local governments and other political subdivisions to assist with the protection, restoration, and management of watersheds throughout the State. This program provides both matching grants and technical assistance for projects falling under one of the following purposes:

-General Navigation
-Recreational Navigation
-Water Management
-Stream Restoration
-Beach Protection
-Water-based Recreation Sites
-Aquatic Weed Control
-Feasibility or Engineering Study
-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Stream Restoration Projects

The following criteria will be used to approve, approve in part, or disapprove grant applications.

-The economic, social, and environmental benefits to be provided by the projects;
-Regional benefits of projects to an area greater than the area under the jurisdiction of the local sponsoring entity;
-The financial resources of the local sponsoring entity;
-The environmental impact of the project;
-Any direct benefit to State-owned lands and properties.

The grant contract length will be two years from the date of the NCDEQ executed contract.

Grant recipients can submit an extension request for one additional year beyond the grant expiration date as long as progress toward project completion can be sufficiently documented.

Eligible applicants include units of local government and local political subdivisions.

Projects planned and constructed by a federal agency with a local cost-share and projects without federal assistance are both eligible for state financial assistance.

Small watershed projects of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service reviewed by the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Commission are not eligible for cost-sharing.

There are two grant cycles per fiscal year; the application deadlines are July 1 and January 1.

The 2016 Fall Cycle is currently underway now through January 1, 2017.

As part of the application review process, a site visit will be scheduled to gather additional information regarding the project area to assist the Department in determining if the project meets the applicable review criteria listed in GS ยง143-215.72.

NOTE: The N.C. General Assembly placed a 50% matching limit on Water Resources Development Project Grants during their 2011 session. The limit will remain in place until rescinded by the N.C. General Assembly.

Disbursement of grant funds will be on a reimbursement basis. Grantees can request 50% of project expenditures through project completion, up to the full amount of the award. 10% of the grant award will be retained until a close-out site visit has been completed. Reimbursement request can be submitted no more frequently than monthly.

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

Amin Davis

N.C. Division of Water Resources
Attn: Amin Davis
1611 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1611

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