The North Carolina Environmental Quality is pleased to announce a call for applications for the Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund.
The funding selection criteria are as follows:
- Environmental Benefits/ Mitigation Measures
- Improves the ecological function of the beach and dune system.
- Restores degraded habitat.
- Restores habitat used by threatened or endangered species.
- Project is designed to avoid significant adverse impacts to threatened and endangered species and fish, shellfish & wildlife resources.
- Social Benefits
- Protects existing or historic public recreation areas.
- Improves the public accessibility to the beach.
- Provides or enhances full and complete public access.
- Economic Benefits
- Protects public property or infrastructure, or historic or culturally significant structures.
- Protects economically important land uses.
- Reduces potential storm damage to private property.
- Expected useful life of project
- Anticipated life expectancy of project benefits.
- Time to complete project and time required for stabilization of beach in years.
- Longevity of previous nourishment projects.
- Project has a long-term nourishment plan in place.
- Financial Resources
- Availability of funds to complete the project
- Project Efficiency
- Incorporates project efficiencies through regional planning at the County level or through the involvement and cooperation of two or more local governments
- Incorporates the beneficial use of clean, beach quality dredge material from the navigation channels within the nearshore, beach or inlet shoal system.
- Readiness to proceed based on the project phase, status of the permit, local funding source, construction easement s, and construction schedule.
Eligible Purposes and Cost-Share Percentages: Session Law 2021-180 allocated $18,000,000 to DWR’s Coastal Storm Damage Mitigation Fund to be used to provide grants to units of local government during the 2021-2023 fiscal biennium. Per GS 143-215.73M, any project funded by revenue from the Fund must be cost-shared with non-State dollars on a basis of at least one nonState dollar for every one dollar from the fund. Per GS 143-215.73M the Fund may only be used for costs associated with beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to the ocean beaches and dune systems of the State.
Unit of local government is eligible for Water Resources Development Grant Program.
For more information, visit https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-resources/water-resources-grants/water-resources-development-grant-program