The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program, or APNEP, is seeking proposals for demonstration projects. Grants will be awarded by APNEP, which protects water quality and other natural resources in a 36-county area of northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. Schools, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and institutions in the APNEP region are eligible to apply for grant money.
The projects must have a direct environmental benefit and occur on public lands in the APNEP region. They also must have a constructed component or vegetative planting on-site, feature a strong public outreach or education element, allow for permanent public access and have methods that may be applied in other locations. Past projects included outdoor classrooms, nature trails, rain gardens, green roofs and schoolyard wetlands.
Each project may receive up to $20,000 in funding from APNEP. The APNEP Citizen's Advisory Committee will select the proposals to be funded and determine funding amounts. Prospective grant recipients are encouraged to partner with others to leverage additional funds. The application deadline is Dec. 31. Awards will be announced in January. All awards are contingent upon the availability of funds.
For more detailed information or to download an application, visit the APNEP Web site and click on "What's New - Request for Proposals". If you have questions about the application or eligibility requirements, contact Lori Brinn at Lori.Brinn@ncdenr.gov.