Public Access Grant Application Package

2020-21 Public Access Grant Application

The Division of Coastal Management is pleased to notify local governments in the 20-county coastal area that grant funding is available for Public Beach and Waterfront Access projects for the upcoming 2020-21 fiscal year.

Each year DCM awards about $1 million a year in matching grants to local governments for projects to improve pedestrian access to the state's beaches and waterways. Funding for the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program comes from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. 

Local governments may use access grants to construct low-cost public access facilities, including parking areas, restrooms, dune crossovers and piers. Projects range in size from small, local access areas to regional access sites with amenities such as large parking lots, bathrooms and picnic shelters. Towns and counties may also use the grants to replace aging access facilities, help acquire land for access sites, or to revitalize urban waterfronts.

Local governments interested in applying for financial assistance must complete and submit two printed copies of the pre-application before 5:00 pm on Friday April 17, 2020.

The application process has three steps: the Pre-application, invitation to submit a Final Application, and grant contract approval. DCM will review the pre-applications and select a number of proposals for further consideration based on available funding. 

Local governments whose proposals are selected will be invited to submit a Final Application with more detailed project information by Friday May 15, 2020.  Prior to submitting a Final Application, the local government shall hold a public meeting or hearing to discuss its proposal and consider comments prior to its decision to submit a Final Application for state funds.

Final Applications are anticipated to be due before 5 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020.  All final applicants will be notified in October whether their project has been selected for funding.

Grant Pre-Application Packet (PDF)

Pre-Application (Word)

Pre-Application (PDF)

Past Projects

People's Pier - City of Washington

Restroom at Town Dock - Town of Oreintal