RALEIGH — Local governments in the 20 coastal counties can begin submitting proposals for planning and management grants.
The North Carolina Division of Coastal Management is accepting until Sept. 14 the proposals for fiscal year 2019, the state agency announced Monday. Governments will be notified in October if their proposal is selected.
Matching funds totalling $100,000 is available in this year’s grant cycle for planning and management projects such as expanded education and outreach efforts, special planning efforts focused on coastal storms, flooding and erosion; natural resource management issues; improvements in intergovernmental coordination; targeted research or studies; and the development of local ordinances.
The division will prioritize funding for natural hazards and storm recovery projects. Proposals for projects not related to natural hazards and storm recovery may be submitted for non-prioritized funding consideration. The maximum request that will be considered for a single project is $20,000.
The purpose of the planning and management grant program is to help governments in the 20 coastal counties fund land use planning and management projects. The projects assist local governments in developing and implementing land use plans and management strategies for their coastal resources.
Funding for planning and management grants comes through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Coastal Management. Last year, the division awarded $100,000 for coastal projects.