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Resources & Opportunities for Grant Applicants

APNEP Grants 

Currently, there are no open requests for proposals for APNEP grants. Please join our mailing list for information regarding future opportunities!


Grants and Assistance from Other Organizations

North Carolina Nonpoint Source 319 Grant Program

Announcing the Request for Proposals (RFP) and application form for the FY 2016 319 Grant cycle. Proposals are now being solicited for projects that implement a DWR-approved watershed restoration plan to restore the water quality of waters impaired at least in part by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution.  Approximately $650,000 of federal funds are available for water quality restoration projects.  Funds are provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.  This is the second RFP released in North Carolina for 2016State and local governments, interstate agencies, and public and private nonprofit organizations including academic institutions are all eligible to apply.  

Please view the attached RFP and visit the Division of Water Resource’s 319 grant program web site( for additional information regarding program requirements and project eligibility.  An application form to apply for Section 319 Grant funds may be downloaded from the program web site. Applications are due by October 21,2016. 


2017 Virginia Watershed Roundtable Support Request for Applications

The purpose of thisRequest for Applications (RFA) (PDF) is to solicit applications from Watershed Roundtable organizations for projects that promote watershed stewardship and local and Chesapeake Bay TMDL implementation. Watershed Roundtables are designed to bring together local stakeholders who have a vested interest in their communities and concern for local water quality, thus filling an important role in statewide efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay and/or improve local water quality. Proposed activities should foster partnerships and strengthen communication among community organizations, local entities, and/or state agencies. Additionally, projects should promote watershed protection and restoration initiatives, provide education and outreach opportunities to stakeholders, support pollution reduction activities, and/or strengthen ongoing implementation of TMDL Implementation Plans. For a complete list of eligible activities, please see Section C. Expected outcomes or results should include: ¿ Protection and restoration of watersheds and aquatic ecosystems and the improvement of local water quality; ¿ Communication and interaction with key stakeholders to address nonpoint source (NPS) pollution; ¿ Increased sign-up and participation in BMP installation; ¿ Targeted education and outreach initiatives with the goal of increasing BMP implementation to improve water quality in TMDL implementation watersheds. 

Issued: September 2, 2016. Deadline for submission: October 24 2016 at 11:59 PM


SARP Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program

FY 2017 USFWS/NFHP Funding Opportunity Request For Projects

SARP is now accepting aquatic habitat restoration project ideas for FY 2017 funding through its Aquatic Habitat Restoration Program. This year, SARP, with funding from the US Fish and Wildlife Service/National Fish Habitat Partnership, will support projects in or associated with watersheds in the conservation focus areas throughout the SARP geography (see conservation focus areas map in the application package). NFHP funding provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and institutions to participate in the ongoing process of conservation, management and restoration.

SARP is the largest Fish Habitat Partnership in the Southeast and works with local partners to address regional habitat objectives and national conservation priorities. Through these grant programs and collaboration with partners, SARP is integral to the identification and implementation of restoration projects throughout the region.

Submission process: Applicants are strongly urged to discuss project ideas and questions prior to submitting a project for consideration. Interested parties should please complete anapplication for consideration of funding. To discuss project ideas or for questions, please contact SARP Coordinator, Jessica Graham, at 850-769-0552, ext. 229.  Once complete, submit the form and any supplemental materials via email to Jessica Graham at, and Lindsay Gardner at by October 31th, 2016.


North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund

County governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 16 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations for traditional farm preservation projects and conservation easement applications to protect military-base and training buffers.

The fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms.Grants can be awarded to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities; and for the development of agricultural plans. Military-designated grants are restricted to easement-related projects.The grant application and guidelines for the current funding cycle are available Call 919-707-3072 with any questions.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 16.


Water Resources Development Grant Program

The purpose of this program is to provide cost-share grants and technical assistance to local governments throughout the state.Applications for grants are accepted for seven purposes: General Navigation, Recreational Navigation, Water Management, Stream Restoration, Beach Protection, Land Acquisition and Facility Development for Water-Based Recreation, and NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) projects.

There are two grant cycles per fiscal year; the application deadlines are July 1st and January 1st. Contact Amin Davis for additional information.NOTE: Our 2016 Spring Cycle ended as of July 1, 2016 and eligible projects are currently being reviewed.Our 2016 Fall Cycle is underway now through January 1, 2017. 


Grants to Support Community Collaborative Research

North Carolina Sea Grant is requesting applications for the second round of its Community Collaborative Research Grant Program, thanks to an ongoing partnership with the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University.

Known as CCRG, the program leverages funding from Sea Grant and Kenan programs. Projects can fit into one or more of Sea Grant’s five focus areas: Healthy Coastal Ecosystems; Sustainable Coastal Development; Safe and Sustainable Seafood Supply; Hazard Resilience in Coastal Communities; and Environmental Literacy and Career Initiation.

CCRG project teams must include at least two people — a scientific expert and a local-knowledge expert. These roles may be faculty or staff members from North Carolina-based institutions of higher learning, staff from local or state governmental entities in the state, representatives of nongovernment organizations based in offices in the state, and N.C. business owners and citizens.

Proposals must use the 2016-17 CCRG application form. The template and instructions are available at deadline is 4 p.m., Jan. 12, 2017. 


Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant (HWCG) Program.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) recently issued a press release announcing the2017 Request for Proposals for the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant (HWCG) Program.

Of particular note, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has recently joined the HWCG partnership and has pledged additional funding to bring total HWCG funds to $2 million available in 2017. The core focus of the program remains to be support for accelerating the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country.

While the 2017 RFP provides much detail about this years’ HWCG grant program and will answer many of the questions you might have, additional questions or need for clarification should be directed to either Peter Stangel (; 404-915-2763) or Jeff Lerner (; 202-236-1883).  In addition, as you will see in the RFP, an informational and interactive webinar will be held on October 25, 2016.The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2017.


U.S. Economic Development Administration Assistance 2016

Funding Opportunity (No Deadlines).The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA's Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA's investment priorities include Environmentally-Sustainable Development and Underserved Communities. Award Amount: Minimum $100,000 up to $3,000,000. For details: Click here 

There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Proposals and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new EDAP FFO.


Keep an eye out for future opportunities:

Winter 2016:

National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) Science Collaborative Research and Integrated Assessment Competition 

  • The next Science Collaborative Request for Research and Integrated Assessment Proposals will be announced in December 2016.

Spring/Summer 2017:

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program Request For Proposals

Coastal Recreational Fishing License Fund Projects 

Grant Databases

In addition to detailing specific grant opportunities, APNEP also maintains a list of grant databases.

EPA Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection

The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection website is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects.

A comprehensive source for federal grants.

NC Division of Water Resources: Financial Resources for Watersheds

A source for water quality grants, cost shares, and loans.

NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Financial Assistance

This listing provides a list of grant opportunities, tax credits, and other financial assistance available from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs Grant Database

Visit the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs grants page to learn about environmental education grant opportunities from public and private sources.

NOAA Fisheries Office of Habitat Conservation Grant Database

NOAA awards grants and cooperative agreements to support research and conservation initiatives coordinated by state and local governments, non-profits, colleges and universities. Opportunities available in the APNEP region include NOAA's Community-based Restoration Program, Open Rivers Initiative, and Restoration Partnerships.

UNC Environmental Finance Center Resources

Summary of NC water, wastewater and stormwater funding programs.

Atlantic Fish Coastal Habitat Partnership

List of funding opportunities maintained by the Atlantic Fish Coastal Habitat Partnership.


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