Public Access Grant Application Package


2020-21 Grant Application Cycle

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

The 2020-21 pre-application cycle is now closed. The next pre-application cycle will start in February 2021.  Local governments whose proposals were selected will be notified by Monday June 15, 2020 to submit a Final Application with more detailed project information. A final application 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 due on or before 5 p.m. on Monday, August 17, 2020. If you have any questions please contact your District Planner.