Local governments may now apply for state funds to help cover the costs of oceanfront projects designed to reduce damage caused during coastal storms.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is accepting applications for the state Division of Water Resources’ Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund.
The North Carolina General Assembly allocated $18 million to the fund last year and must be used only to cover costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes and other projects designed to protect ocean beaches and dune systems.
Funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar with nonstate monies.
Proposed projects are to be ranked according to the following:
- Environmental benefits.
- Social benefits.
- Economic benefits.
- Life of the project.
- Financial resources and project efficiency.
For more details visit the DEQ website.
DEQ is accepting applications through July 8.
Contact Kevin Hart at 919-707-3607, or Kevin.Hart@ncdenr.gov for more information about the application process.