State coastal agency extends deadline for coastal projects

RALEIGH

RALEIGH — The N.C. Division of Coastal Management is extending the deadline until April 21 to apply for grant funding for projects during fiscal year 2017-18.

The division recently announced the availability of $100,000 in grants to local governments in 20 coastal counties.

Grant funding will be prioritized for natural hazards and storm recovery projects. Proposals for projects not related to the natural hazards and storm recovery topics may be submitted for non-prioritized funding consideration. The maximum request is $20,000.

Projects can include expanded education and outreach efforts, planning efforts focused on coastal resources or issues, improvements in intergovernmental coordination, targeted research or studies, and the development of local ordinances.

Local governments will be notified by May 1 if their proposal is selected. For information on how to apply, go to https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/coastal-management/coastal-management-land-use-planning/grants.

The primary objective of the planning and management grant program is to help local governments in the 20 coastal counties fund local land-use planning and management projects. These projects assist local governments in developing and implementing land use plans and management strategies for their coastal resources.

Funding is made available through a cooperative agreement with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coastal Management. Last year, the division awarded $75,000 for coastal projects.

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