Public Access Grant Application Package

Boardwalk along the Pasquotank River


2021-22 Grant Application Cycle

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 2021-22 fiscal 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. 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.  Funding for the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program comes from the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

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. 

Pre-Applications are due before 5:00 pm on Friday April 16, 2021.

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