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Environmental Grants

Attorney General Josh Stein awards grants annually to projects that will help improve and protect North Carolina’s natural resources through the Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program.

Since the EEG Program began, the Attorney General has awarded more than $38 million to nearly 200 projects. These projects have resulted in the closure of 240 abandoned hog waste lagoons and the restoration or permanent conservation of more than 31,000 acres of land, wetland restoration, stormwater remediation, stream stabilization, as well as several environmental education and research initiatives.

Program Background

In 2000, the Attorney General and Smithfield Foods entered into a 25-year agreement that, in part, provided $2 million per year for environmental projects across the state. This money was used to establish the EEG Program, which has awarded environmental grants since 2002.

EEG awards up to $500,000 in grants for a three-year grant project. These grants are only available to non-profit organizations, including academic institutions, and government entities. Often, EEG funds allow grantees to leverage the grant to partner with additional funding sources to accomplish significant land acquisition or restoration projects. EEG funds have been used for wetland restoration, land acquisition, storm-water remediation, stream stabilization, and buffer installations, among many other projects.

Program Objectives

The EEG Program offers reimbursement grants for projects that improve North Carolina’s air, water, and land quality by addressing the goals of the Smithfield Agreement.

Apply for a Grant

The North Carolina Department of Justice will soon begin accepting applications for the next cycle of Environmental Enhancement Grants. Completed proposals will be due by Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. EST. 

Read the 2022 Request for Proposals.


March 1, 2022: Request for proposals released
March 22, 2022, 10 a.m. EST: Voluntary interest meeting for further information
March 31, 2022: Required letters of intent due
April 6, 2022, 10 a.m. EST:
Voluntary interest meeting for those submitting a letter of intent
May 26, 2022, 5 p.m. EST: Completed proposals due

Letters of Intent must be submitted through our web-based platform found here. Once the letters of intent are received, we will send out the link for the application and where the completed proposals can be submitted.

If you have questions about the grant program or the application process, please contact us at