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Water Resources Development Grant Program

Grants to North Carolina Local Governments
for Watershed Protection and Management

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

Deadline Date:

06/30/21 - Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging projects are accepted at any time.


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Grants and in-kind support of technical assistance to North Carolina local governments and political subdivisions for a broad range of projects related to improving water quality and managing resources. Grants are intended to support the following types of projects: general navigation, recreational navigation, water management, stream restoration, water-based recreation, EQIP stream restoration projects, and feasibility/engineering studies.

Non-navigation projects are collectively referred to as state and local projects. Separate applications are available for Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging projects, State and Local projects, and NRCS-EQIP Stream Restoration Projects.

For State and Local projects, grants may be made for the nonfederal share of water resources development projects for the following purposes:

  • Stream Restoration: Restoration or stabilization of degraded streams and shorelines, aquatic barrier removals, etc.
  • Water Management: Stormwater control measures, drainage, flood control, hydrologic restoration, etc.
  • Water-based Recreation Sites: Greenways/Boardwalks, Paddle Access, Fishing Docks, and Piers; land acquisition for water-based recreation
  • Preliminary Feasibility or Engineering Studies: Toward implementation of one of the categories listed here.
  • NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Stream Restoration Projects

For additional information about EQIP projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176751

Term of Contract:

NCRS-EQIP and State and Local contracts are valid for two years from the date the contract document is sent to grant recipient for contract execution.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Units of local government and local political subdivisions are eligible to apply for state and local projects. In addition, units of local government are eligible to apply for Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging projects.

For NRCS-EQIP grants, units of local government, local political subdivisions, and non-governmental entities (only as co-applicants) are eligible to apply.

For State and Local projects: 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. However, the applicant must be a unit of local government.

Non-eligible purposes include projects directly associated with meeting an existing permit requirement (i.e., NPDES Phase I and Phase II Stormwater), generating nutrient credits, environmental regulatory enforcement actions, and small watershed projects of the NRCS (reviewed by the N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Commission). Compensatory mitigation projects and the generation of compensatory mitigation credits for impacts to aquatic resources per the Federal Mitigation Rule (33 CFR Part 332) are non-eligible purposes.

Dredging around ship berths, piers, docks and access to private docks are not eligible for funding from the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Aquatic Weed Fund. For a list of other Dredging ineligible costs, see:

Pre-Application Information:

There are two grant application cycles per fiscal year for state and local projects. The current abbreviated Spring 2021 application cycle will end on June 30 and the Fall 2021 application cycle will begin on January 1, 2022.

There is no grant application cycle deadline for navigation projects.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact grant managers Amin Davis (state and local projects) and Kevin Hart (general and recreational navigation projects) for assistance in developing a competitive grant application.

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

Disbursement of grant funds will be on a reimbursement basis. For grant reimbursement information for State and Local grants and NRCS-EQIP, see:

Projects which have been approved by NRCS for Federal funding can be funded by the State up to an estimated 50% of the total nonfederal costs.

For Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging projects: Any project funded by revenue from the Fund must be cost-shared with non-State dollars as follows: 1) The cost-share for dredging projects located, in whole or part, in a development tier one area shall be at least one non-State dollar for every three dollars from the Fund (Tier 1 county match: 75% State/25% Local). 2) The cost-share for dredging projects not located, in whole or part, in a development tier one area shall be at least one non-State dollar for every two dollars from the Fund (Tier 2 & 3 county match: 66.67% State/33.33% Local).

For State and Local projects and EQIP projects: As part of the application review process, a pre-application site visit will be scheduled with the DWR grant administrator (or designee) to gather additional information regarding a proposed project to assist the department in determining if the project meets the applicable review criteria. For additional information see:

Contact Information:

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

State and Local Grant applications, and NRCS-EQIP applications, should be emailed to:
Amin Davis, Grant Manager

Dredging project grants should be emailed to:
Kevin Hart

N.C. Division of Water Resources
1611 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1611

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