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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


NC Beautiful Windows Of Opportunity – $1500 Grants Available to NC K-12 Teachers

  • Do you have a terrific idea which will create student excitement about environmental stewardship and will promote the protection of our natural resources?
  • Will your idea cultivate student appreciation of the natural environment by getting the students outside?
  • Is your idea sustainable year to year?

Let NC Beautiful help with financial support and encouragement as you develop your ideas. Since 1999, NC Beautiful, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has provided K-12 teachers across North Carolina with resources to develop educational programs that enhance and support the Common Core & Essential Standards. Through the Windows of Opportunity competitive grant, teachers are rewarded for their innovation and creativity as they promote environmental stewardship with their students to improve appreciation of the environment, and, in turn, the beauty of our State. Applications due by November 30, 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. 


Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program seeks to develop nation-wide-community stewardship of local natural resources, preserving these resources for future generations and enhancing habitat for local wildlife. Projects seek to address water quality issues in priority watersheds, such as erosion due to unstable streambanks, pollution from stormwater runoff, and degraded shorelines caused by development.

The program focuses on the stewardship and restoration of coastal, wetland and riparian ecosystems across the country. Its goal is to meet the conservation needs of important species and habitats, providing measurable and meaningful conservation and educational outcomes. The program requires the establishment and/or enhancement of diverse partnerships and an education/outreach component that will help shape and sustain behavior to achieve conservation goals. Funding priorities for this program include:
  • On-the-ground wetland, riparian, in-stream and/or coastal habitat restoration
  • Meaningful education and training activities, either through community outreach, participation and/or integration with K-12 environmental curriculum
  • Measurable ecological, educational and community benefits
  • Partnerships: Five Star projects should engage a diverse group of community partners to achieve ecological and educational outcomes. 
Applicant webinar (Click here to register)¿¿  ¿November 15, 2016, 2pm, Eastern Time
¿¿Full Proposal Due Date ¿ ¿January 31, 2017, 11:59pm, Eastern Time

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant (HWCG) Program.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) recently issued a press release announcing the 2017 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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