Public Access Grant Application Package

2019-20 Public Access Grant Application Package 

The Division of Coastal Management is pleased to notify local governments in the 20-county coastal area that the Division of Coastal Management (DCM) has grant funding available for Public Beach and Waterfront Access projects for the upcoming 2019-20 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. 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

Local governments interested in applying for financial assistance must complete and submit two printed copies of the Pre-application form with attachments. Your local DCM District Planner must receive pre-applications on or before 5:00 pm on April 22, 2019.

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 that submitted applications in previous years but were not selected for funding must re-apply for consideration during this grant cycle. Only pre-applications titled 2019-20 will be accepted as the application packet and application forms are adjusted annually.

Local governments whose proposals are selected will be notified by Wednesday, May 22, 2019 to submit a Final Application with more detailed project information. A final application form will be provided with the notification. 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 on or before 5 p.m. on Monday, August 26, 2019.

Local governments are encouraged to include their local contribution in their FY 2019-20 budget. All final applicants will be notified in September 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