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Coastal Recreational Fishing License (CRFL) Fund Projects

Grants to North Carolina IHEs and Agencies to Manage
Marine Resources and Enhance Access to Fishing

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North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) - Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF)

Deadline Date:

04/12/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to North Carolina IHEs and government agencies to develop, preserve, and protect the state's marine resources and habitats, and enhance access to fishing. Funding is intended for programs and activities that align with accepted measures for managing fisheries, incorporate reliable science, and promote public education and access. Proposals should identify benefits expected from the proposed activities, including users served and economic benefits to local communities and the state.

The goals of the programs are as follows:
- Marine Resources and Habitat Management: Support research, surveys, and investigations that provide essential information for the management of marine resources and habitats, including administrative and compliance activities necessary to obtain management objectives.
- Access and Education: Enhance public fishing access and angling opportunities and support public outreach and education that are essential to management of marine resources and habitats.

For further information about objectives and strategies regarding the program's priority needs, begin here:

Construction proposals must have minimal adverse habitat impacts, maximum storm water runoff controls, and maintain natural shorelines where feasible. To demonstrate this, all construction proposals must provide a detailed design and description regarding plans for controlling storm water runoff, avoiding submerged habitat impacts, and protecting wetland shorelines prior to project approval. Final design plans (i.e. any engineered drawings, specific low-impact development techniques, materials, etc.) must be submitted prior to receipt of funds. If dredging is to be a part of the project, detailed justification and information on the area to be affected is required.

All projects that involve site acquisition/improvements must occur in coastal or joint fishing waters, except projects specifically designed to enhance diadromous fish and/or artificial reef populations and habitats.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185409

Term of Contract:

- All contracts for projects selected for funding will begin after their contract has been fully executed, no sooner than July 1, 2019.
- The award period may be for one or multiple years. However, multi-year projects approved for year one funding will be reviewed annually for subsequent year funding.
- Successful new multi-year projects will receive funding through a state contract that will obligate funds one year at a time. If selected for a first year of funding, the subsequent years funding of multi-year projects will be contingent upon the completion of satisfactory grant performance progress reports as required by the grantor, approval by the Director of Marine Fisheries for subsequent funding, and availability of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only proposals from accredited universities, colleges, or local and state governmental entities located in North Carolina are eligible to receive funding. Individuals/groups (i.e. non-profit organizations) desiring funding must partner with one of these eligible agencies.

If the applicant desires to partner with the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries on a project, they must contact either the appropriate Division Fisheries Management Species Lead or the Coastal Recreational Fishing License Project Coordinator, William Brantley, by March 15, 2019. The proposal must include a letter defining the roles and responsibilities of each partner. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries has no obligation to enter into any partnership agreement.

The Coastal Recreational Fishing License program will not fund land acquisition or construction projects that require other, not yet obtained parcels of land, or are contingent on receiving other grant money before site development can occur.

The Coastal Recreational Fishing License program will not fund the design/planning of potential projects, unless funding is already secured for project completion and the design/planning portion is only a part of the current proposal.

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals (1 original and 15 copies) must be received and date stamped by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Director by 5 p.m. on April 12, 2019.

One electronic copy of the proposal, saved as a Microsoft Word document, must be submitted to the Coastal Recreational Fishing License Project Coordinator, William Brantley.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with species and/or program leads regarding potential projects. Consultation with the leads does NOT guarantee funding or N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries partnership in the project.

Previously funded projects that were successful in requesting multi-year funding need not reapply unless the original project’s funding request ends by June 30, 2019 or if specified in the original award letter.

Division Fisheries Management Species Leads:

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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.

Hand Delivery/FedEx/UPS:
3441 Arendell Street
Morehead City NC

USPS Delivery:
P.O. Box 769
Morehead City, NC 28557

William Brantley, Coastal Recreational Fishing License Project Coordinator

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina