Local governments, businesses, community and nonprofit organizations, and others looking for grant and loan funding opportunities for environmental projects can find that information in one place through a new, online tool.
The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality launched the new Grants webpage that provides information on all funding programs through the state agency in one location.
“This new tool will make it easier to access funding available through DEQ and support projects that will improve public health, the environment and quality of life across North Carolina,” Secretary Elizabeth S. Biser said in a statement.
The Grants page includes recurring and one-time funding sources across DEQ divisions, with links to additional information including eligibility, how to apply and program contacts.
Potential applicants can also view a searchable list of funding opportunities currently accepting applications, with the option to filter by who is eligible to apply.
DEQ receives state and federal funding to distribute for projects that improve air and water quality, reduce waste, enhance energy efficiency, and more.
Officials noted that recent federal legislation — American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act — has expanded DEQ’s capacity to fund water infrastructure and clean energy projects over the next several years. Some of this funding has already been allocated, though more opportunities are to become available, officials said.