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Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership - APNEP- Grants

Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership

Resources & Opportunities for Grant Applicants

APNEP Grants 

There are currently no open requests for proposals from APNEP.

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Grants and Assistance from Other Organizations

Deadline August 7

NFWF/NOAA National Coastal Resilience Fund

In its inaugural year, the National Coastal Resilience Fund will invest up to $30 million in the restoration or expansion of natural features such as coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, mangroves, forests, coastal rivers, as well as barrier islands that help minimize the impacts of storms, rising sea levels and other extreme events on nearby communities and infrastructure. Proposals are due August 7, 2018, and the full Request for Proposals can be found here:  There will be a RFP overview webinar on July 11th.
The focus of the FY18 National Coastal Resilience Fund is on "shovel-ready" restoration and green infrastructure projects. The non-federal match requirement is 1:1.  The new partnership will focus investments on projects that have been prioritized in existing community or regional resilience plans. Priority will be given to:
  • Implementation of design-ready restoration projects that enhance resilience and reduce risk
  • Planning and design projects to position communities for future implementation
  • Projects that demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative approaches to enhance coastal resilience with natural infrastructure


Deadline August 31

Virginia Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

USDA NRCS is now accepting applications from Virginia landowners and governmental and non-governmental groups interested in protecting the state's wetlands and working farms through the Agricultural Conservation EasemenThis signup includes both the Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) and Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) components of this 2014 Farm Bill program. Applications are accepted on a continual basis, but NRCS requires individuals (WRE) and entities (ALE) interested in fiscal year 2019 funding to submit applications on or before August 31, 2018. If funds are still available, a second signup period will be held with a deadline of October 19.

ALE application materials are available online on the VA NRCS easement web page. WRE applications are available at your local NRCS Office at your USDA Service Center location. ALL ACEP applicants (landowners, entities, WRE, & ALE) must have farm records established with USDA's Farm Service Agency.


Deadline September 14

205(j) Water Quality Management Planning Grant

Through the Section 205(j) Grant program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides states with funding to do water quality planning. North Carolina typically receives around $100,000 for competetive funding of water quality planning projects. These projects can involve identifying the nature, extent and cause of water quality problems or doing planning work to address those problems. Projects can include, but are not limited to the development of EPA 9-Element Watershed Restoration Plans for a 12-digit or smaller USGS HUC, mapping stormwater infrastructure, conducting engineering designs for stormwater best management practices, and watershed assessments of pollutant sources.
205(j) grants are eligible to regional Councils of Government; COGs may partner with any public sector organization to implement projects. Match is preferred, but not required. Once contracted, projects can run for a maximum of 18 months. Funds are dispersed on a quarterly reimbursement basis, with any invoice to be accompanied by a report of the work performed. The request for proposals is released annually in summer and projects are selected in fall (2018 may see an earlier timeline than previous years.) 

Deadline September 14

NC Division of Coastal Management 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 2018-2019 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.


Deadline September 15

NC Aquarium Scholars Partnership

The Aquarium Scholars program is a new partnership between the three North Carolina Aquariums, Jennette's Pier, North Carolina public schools, and the nonprofit North Carolina Aquarium Society, through which private donors help fund access to science, technology, engineering, and math-based Aquarium education programs for underserved students across the state. These grants are only available for Title 1 teachers. Aquarium Scholars grant applicants can choose funding for:
  • Class visits and field trips to an NC Aquarium
  • Outreach - Aquarium programs brought to your school
  • Distance learning - live online programs with Aquarium staff and animals

To learn more and submit an application visit the NC Aquariums website


Deadline September 25

FY19 Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership Application

The Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) is requesting project applications to restore and conserve habitat necessary to support coastal, estuarine-dependent, and diadromous fish species along the Atlantic Coast. Federal funding available under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan (NFHAP) will be used to support the top ranked proposals. To ensure available funding is being directed most effectively, projects should be geared toward meeting ACFHP’s conservation objectives described in its Conservation Strategic Plan. The maximum amount available for an individual project is $50,000.
Guidelines for the use of NFHAP funds can be found here. All applicants are encouraged to review this guidance. These funds can only be used for on-the-ground habitat conservation projects and related design and monitoring activities. They may not be used for acquisition in fee or easement. All projects must have a minimum of a 1:1 funding from partner contributions, and greater match is encouraged.

Deadline February 4, 2019

2019 Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program

The goal of the Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. The primary focus of applicants should be protection and stewardship of land in the watershed, not restoration of degraded habitats or projects with a strictly water quality improvement outcome. This goal will be achieved by:
  • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, policies, or strategies to implement large-scale watershed or source water protection or green infrastructure objectives;
  • Building the sustainably organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and
  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.

Awards will be considered in the categories of watershed action projects, building watershed protection capacity, and advancing the state of practice.



Water Resources Development Grant ProgramThe 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, Land Acquisition and Facility Development for Water-Based Recreation, NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) stream restoration projects and Feasibility/Engineering Studies. There are two grant cycles per fiscal year; the application deadlines are June 30 and Dec. 31.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Grant Manager Amin Davis for assistance in developing a competitive grant application.


FY 2017 Economic Development Assistance Programs Funding Opportunity (No Deadlines)

The Economic Development Administration's (EDA's) mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for economic growth and success in the worldwide economy. EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States by fostering job creation and attracting private investment. Specifically, under the Economic Development Assistance programs (EDAP) Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA), EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Programs. Through the EDAP NOFA, EDA solicits applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions.

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:

Spring/Summer 2018:

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 comprehensive source and summary of over 30 watershed and water quality grants, cost shares, and loans including 319, 205j, Clean Water Management Trust Fund, NC Environmental Enhancement Grants, NRCS, Ag-cost-share, and others.

NC Department of Environmental Quality Financial Assistance

This listing provides a list of grant opportunities, tax credits, and other financial assistance available from the NC Department of Environmental Quality Divisions including land use planning, coastal public access, Division of Marine Fisheries Coastal Recreational Fishing License, and Division of Coastal Management Pumpout Program.

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.

North Carolina Sea Grant Funding Opportunities

Provides grants that support research on important topics to NOAA and North Carolina coastal stakeholders. In addition, we support fellowships that train our current graduate students to become next-generation marine science and coastal researchers.

Water Resources Research Institute Funding Opportunities

Grants include: USGS-WRRI 104(b) Grants Graduate Student RFP USGS 104(G) Grants IWR RFP UWC & SWG Mini-Grants


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