Local governments in the 20 Coastal Area Management Act, or CAMA, counties have about a month to get their applications in to the Division of Coastal Management for beach, shoreline, and water management project grants for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
The CAMA counties are Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington.
Beach, shoreline, and water management projects will receive priority for this funding cycle, officials said. Examples of projects include special planning efforts focused on coastal resources or issues, improvements in intergovernmental coordination, targeted research or studies, the development of local ordinances, and expanded education and outreach efforts.
Proposals for projects not related to for beach, shoreline, and water management topics can be submitted for nonprioritized funding consideration.
Local governments interested in applying for funding for projects anticipated to begin Dec. 1 and be completed by June 2023 must complete and submit one copy of the grant application via email to their local Division of Coastal Management district planner by 5 p.m. Oct. 17. Applications are available on the division’s website.
Division staff are to review the applications and make awards based upon available funding. Local governments are encouraged to include their local contribution in their fiscal 2022-23 budget. Applicants are to be notified in November whether their projects have been selected for funding.
Local government-matching contributions for planning and management projects shall be at least 25% of the total project cost. For Tier 1 counties and their municipalities, which are the most economically distressed in the state, the match is at least 10%. At least half of the local contribution must be a cash match and the remainder may be in-kind contributions.