Local and state governments, as well as accredited universities and colleges in North Carolina can apply for grants to fund fishing access and education projects that help manage, protect, restore, develop, cultivate and enhance the state’s marine resources.
The state Division of Marine Fisheries will accept applications for proposals until 5 p.m. Dec. 15 for the 2023-2024 funding cycle through the North Carolina Marine Resources Fund.
The fund receives proceeds from the sale of coastal recreational fishing licenses and provides grants for the projects that are to enhance public fishing access and opportunities as well as support public outreach and education, which officials say are essential to management of marine resources and habitats.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the North Carolina Marine Resources Fund and Marine Resources Endowment Fund Strategic Plan. Projects submitted for funding will only be considered if they address the specific priority need — access and education — listed within the Request for Proposals.
The strategic plan and Request for Proposals, which include submission guidelines, can found on the Division of Marine Fisheries’ website.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
For more information, contact Coastal Recreational Fishing License Project Coordinator Jamie Botinovch, at 252-808-8004 or Jamie.Botinovch@ncdenr.gov.