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Planning and Management Grants

The Division of Coastal Management helps local governments in the 20 coastal counties fund local planning and management projects through the Planning and Management Grants Program.

Funding for the 2018-19 grant cycle is now available.  Funding is prioritized for Natural Hazards and Storm Recovery projects.  Local governments are invited to apply for funding for projects that are anticipated to begin February 1, 2019 and to be completed by January 31, 2020.

Local governments interested in applying for financial assistance must complete and submit two printed copies and one CD or USB Drive with digital files of the application form with attachments. Your local DCM District Planner must receive applications on or before 5:00 pm on September 14, 2018.

Application Packet in PDF format.

Application Form in fillable PDF format.


DCM will review the applications and select a number of proposals for consideration based on available funding. All final applicants will be notified in October whether their project has been selected for funding.

Funding for the 2017-18 grant cycle was also prioritized for Natural Hazards and Storm Recovery projects. The Division awarded $100,000 in grants to the following communities:


-- $20,000 grant to Currituck County for a countywide study to identify areas vulnerable to rainfall flooding. 

-- $17,500 grant to Elizabeth City to create a plan to mitigate flooding in the Charles Creek area.
-- $17,500 grant to Carolina Shores to produce a flood mitigation manual to aid property owners in reducing flooding.
-- $15,000 grant to Caswell Beach for a storm water drainage study to identify alternatives to alleviate flooding.
-- $15,000 grant to Hyde County to develop a watershed restoration plan to improve water quality in Lake Mattamuskeet.
-- $7,500 grant to Pender County to update its land use plan policies related natural hazard areas.
-- $7,500 grant to Swansboro to update its land use plan to include natural hazards and storm recovery efforts.