Public Access Grant Application Package


2020-21 Grant Application Cycle

The 2020-21 application cycle is closed. Information on grants awarded can be found here.

The 2021-22 application cycle is anticipated to start in February 2021

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.  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 also may use the grants to replace aging access facilities. In addition, local governments can use the funds to help acquire land for access sites or to revitalize urban waterfronts

If you have any questions about the grant program please contact your District Planner.