Attorney General Roy Cooper awards grants annually to projects that will help improve our water quality. These grants help to preserve land along our rivers, restore wetlands, clean up hog lagoons and find alternative uses for hog waste.
Since the program began, Cooper has awarded more than $21 million to 84 projects. So far, these projects have resulted in the closure of 213 animal waste lagoons and the restoration or permanent conservation of more than 20,000 acres of land and wildlife habitat, as well as several environmental education and research initiatives.
On July 25, 2000, the North Carolina Attorney General and Smithfield Foods Inc. signed an agreement to identify environmentally superior technologies for hog waste disposal. Smithfield committed to provide money to promote environmental programs in North Carolina.
To maximize the benefits to North Carolina’s environment, the Attorney General, after consultation with Smithfield, the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and others, established the Environmental Enhancement Grants Program in January 2003.
The EEG Program seeks to improve the air, water and land quality of North Carolina by funding environmental projects that address the goals of the agreement between Smithfield and the Attorney General.
The EEG Program funds projects to restore and protect impaired, degraded or endangered surface waters, groundwater and other natural resources. In addition, the EEG Program promotes long-term environmental enhancement programs to conserve and protect targeted natural areas.
Because North Carolina’s environmental enhancement needs will change over the 25 years of funding, the EEG Program is designed to be flexible and to shift priorities depending on the needs identified each year.
Apply for a Grant
Applications for grants under the EEG Program are accepted annually.
If you have questions about the grant program or the application process, please contact us at EEG@ncdoj.gov
See Reports From Grant Recipients