CWMTF Grant

Clean Water Management Trust Fund


Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $5,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 5, 2019

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: North Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina

View website    Save Need help writing this grant?

Overview:

CWMTF receives a direct appropriation from the General Assembly in order to issue grants to local governments, state agencies and conservation non-profits to help finance projects that specifically address water pollution problems. The nine-member CWMTF Board of Trustees has responsibility over the allocation of moneys from the Fund.

To carry out the mandate set by legislation, CWMTF provides grant funds for the following purposes:

  • enhance or restore degraded waters
  • protect unpolluted waters
  • contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits
  • provide buffers around military bases
  • acquire land that represents the ecological diversity of North Carolina
  • acquire land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties

It is clear that in order to maintain the level of water quality, ecological diversity, and historical values that North Carolinians deserve and expect, we must accomplish more than we would be able to do with traditional programs alone. The potential for this initiative is immense; but -- if North Carolina is to truly capitalize on the opportunity -- it ultimately depends upon local communities and organizations to develop creative proposals which will protect and restore our resources.

Grant Categories 

Land Acquisition

The Land Acquisition Program includes the acquisition of land in fee or conservation easements for the following purposes:

  • protecting and conserving riparian buffers for the purpose of providing environmental protection for surface waters and urban drinking water supplies and establishing a network of riparian greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational uses
  • protecting and conserving surface waters and enhancing drinking water supplies, including the development of water supply reservoirs
  • providing buffers around military bases or for State matching funds for the REPI
  • conserving land that represents the ecological diversity of NC
  • preserving land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties

To learn more about the types of land acquisition projects we fund, see here.

The best way to ensure that your project is eligible for CWMTF funding is to consult with your field representative.

NOTE: Land acquisitions funded by the CWMTF must be protected by a permanent conservation easement or other permanent conservation agreement.

Stream Restoration Grants

CWMTF funds restoration projects to enhance or restore degraded waters and to protect downstream natural resources such as drinking water supplies, fisheries and recreation opportunities. The intent is to restore previously degraded lands to re-establish their ability to protect water quality. To date, the majority of eligible applications have taken the form of stream restoration projects, particularly natural channel designs. However, other approaches to restoring impaired waters include riparian wetland enhancement, floodplain and streambank enhancements, and estuarine shoreline erosion control. To ensure that your project is eligible for CWMTF funding, consult with your field representative.

To learn more about our restoration projects, click here.

Note: Restoration efforts funded by the CWMTF must be protected by a conservation easement.

Innovative Stormwater Grants

CWMTF can consider funding innovative stormwater projects that demonstrate a novel and untried method to water quality at the project site and how it would contribute to achieving CWMTF’s goal of advancing stormwater-management practices for water quality. Any proposed innovative stormwater project application should contain a clear description of the methods to be tested and discuss how results from such a pilot test can be successfully transferred to other North Carolina sites with similar water issues or problems. To ensure that your project is eligible for CWMTF funding, consult with your field representative.

Planning Grants

CWMTF may fund planning efforts that develop potential projects that: 

  • enhance or restore degraded waters,
  • protect unpolluted waters, 
  • contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits,
  • provide buffers around military bases to protect the military mission,
  • acquire land that represents the ecological diversity of North Carolina,
  • acquire land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties, or
  • facilitate innovative efforts to improve stormwater treatment.

Any proposed planning application should contain a clear outline and vision of the plan to be produced and clearly define the purpose and goals for any work that would be implemented following the planning project. To ensure that your project is eligible for CWMTF funding, consult with your field representative.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  •  A state agency, a local government, or a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is the conservation, preservation, and restoration of North Carolina's natural and cultural resources is eligible to apply for a grant.
  • Acquisition projects: 
    • All project acres must be restricted with conservation agreements to protect natural or cultural resources.
  • Innovative Stormwater projects: 
    • Projects may be located on land that is owned by State or local governments or by private organizations or individuals.
    • Settings of project locations may be land that has been developed or built-out, land to be developed (greenfields, infill), developed land to be redeveloped, or developed land that has been neglected, abused, or avoided for redevelopment (brownfields, greyfields).

Preferences:

  • Innovative stormwater projects:
    • More competitive proposals will provide or show:
      • Project location and setting consistent with the project’s goals and objectives, taking into account the geographic region and its stormwater-management issues (soil types, rainfall, ecosystems, and characteristics of downstream waters).
      • Approaches that lead to improved understanding and documentation of how and why components, or combinations of components, of stormwater-management systems work (what factors affect pollutant removal, and why).
      • Approaches that lead to improved understanding and documentation of relative costs and benefits of stormwater-management systems and individual components of systems. Approaches could include consideration of savings realized by displacement or elimination of other practices (avoided costs), reducing or eliminating ongoing (maintenance) costs, or recognizing value added by of improving aesthetics of stormwater-management systems.
      • Results and outputs that can be applied broadly, what activities can be conducted to encourage their broad application, and who should conduct those activities.
    • Preferred project locations should have characteristics representative of a geographic area where the project’s findings can best be applied (e.g., a river basin, a watershed, or a physiographic region). Location characteristics could include soil types, topography, land uses, extent and nature of development, rainfall, ecology, watershed size and configuration, or uses and characteristics of downstream waters, as relevant to the project’s goals and objectives.

Ineligibility:

  • Acquisition projects:
    • Funds from CWMTF are not available, nor are matching resources credited for any of the following:
      •  purchase or removal of structures (including dams), except on a case-by-case basis for purchase of historic structures
      • the rehabilitation, repair, restoration, operation, or maintenance, of a historic structure
      • construction of greenway or other trails