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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 $25 million to more than 100 projects. These projects have resulted in the closure of 240 hog waste lagoons and the restoration or permanent conservation of more than 23,000 acres of land and wildlife habitats, 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 over $25 million in environmental grants since 2002.

EEG awards grants between $5,000 and $500,000. These grants are only available to non-profit organizations, including academic institutions, and government entities, and must be completed within three years after they are awarded. 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 meet the goals of the Smithfield Agreement, including obtaining environmental easements, constructing or maintaining wetlands, restoring and protecting impaired, degraded, or endangered surface waters, as well as conserving and protecting targeted natural areas.

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 28, 2020 at 11 a.m.

Read the 2020 Request for Proposals.

Important Dates

March 31, 2020: Request for Proposals release
April 15, 2020: Interest Meeting
April 21, 2020: Letters of Intent due
April 29, 2020: Informational Meeting
May 28, 2020, at 11 a.m.: Proposals Due

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