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North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) - Division of Water Resources (DWR)
Grants to North Carolina local governments and political subdivisions for a broad range of water quality and resources management projects. Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with program staff prior to applying. This program provides technical assistance and cost-share grants for the following purposes:
-Water-based Recreation Sites
-Feasibility or Engineering Study
-NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Stream Restoration Projects (see additional guidelines attached below)
GrantWatch ID#: 176751
Grant funds will be available for use by the grant recipient for two years from the grant contract execution date.
The contract may be extended for up to one year if the grantee requests such an extension in writing, and the DWR approves this request in writing.
Units of local government and local political subdivisions are eligible.
Stream Restoration Projects: Units of local government and local political subdivisions are eligible. Non-governmental entities may apply as co-applicants.
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 compensatory mitigation and the generation of compensatory mitigation credits for impacts to aquatic resources per the Federal Mitigation Rule (33 CFR Part 332). However, compensatory mitigation projects can be located directly adjacent to an eligible project for the purposes of achieving maximum ecological benefit. Projects associated with meeting an existing permit requirement (i.e., Phase I and Phase II Stormwater) and small watershed projects of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (reviewed by the N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Commission) are also not eligible for funding.
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 The limit will remain in place until rescinded by the N.C. General Assembly.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. Any expenditures incurred associated with the project’s budget after the start date of the contract are eligible for reimbursement. Grantees can request 50% of project expenditures through project completion, up to the full amount of the award.
Stream Restoration Matching Percentage: NRCS-EQIP stream restoration projects are funded at 65% Federal cost and 35% non-Federal cost. Projects in North Carolina, which have been approved by the NRCS for federal funding, are eligible for up to 100% funding by the state of the 35% non-federal cost.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Grant Manager Amin Davis for assistance in developing a competitive grant application.
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.
Applications are received throughout the year for two standard grant cycles. The fall 2017 grant cycle began July 1 and will end Dec. 31. The spring 2018 grant cycle will begin Jan. 1 and will end June 30.
Review decisions and notifications for applications received during the spring application cycle are generally made in October. Review decisions and award notifications for applications received during the fall application cycle are generally made in April of the next calendar year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Amin Davis, Grant Manager
N.C. Division of Water Resources
1611 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C., 27699-1611
USA: North Carolina