About $3 million is available to help local governments in the 20 coastal counties improve public accesses to coastal beaches and waters.
Through the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management, the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program provides matching funds to local governments to construct low-cost public access facilities.
“Expanding and improving public access to coastal shorelines continues to be a priority for our program and communities across the coast, so we’re excited to be able to support additional proposals this year,” the division’s Director Braxton Davis said in a statement.
Access projects may include walkways, dune crossovers, restrooms, parking areas, piers and related projects. Funds also can be used for land acquisition or urban waterfront revitalization.
Local governments must submit a pre-application to the division by 5 p.m. April 15 and will be notified by May 10 if their proposal is selected to submit a final application most likely due in July. Application information is available online.
Staff with the Division of Coastal Management select recipients based on criteria set by the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission. All final applicants will be notified this fall if their project has been selected.
North Carolina General Assembly through the state’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund funds the program. The grant program has awarded 497 grants totaling more than $53.8 million since the program began in 1981.
For more information about the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access program, visit the website.