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Attorney General Josh Stein Encourages North Carolinians to Apply for Environmental Enhancement Grants

For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

(RALEIGH) Attorney General Josh Stein today encouraged North Carolinians working to improve and protect North Carolina’s natural resources to apply for project grants through the Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program. The EEG program awards grants between $5,000 and $500,000 for environmental projects across the state and is accepting proposals until Thursday, May 28, 2020, at 11 a.m.

These grants will fund projects to improve and protect North Carolina’s natural resources.

“As Attorney General, it’s my job to protect North Carolinians,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “That means protecting our state’s natural resources, including the air we breathe and the water we drink. I encourage North Carolinians who are working to protect the environment to apply for these grants.”

The EEG program provides grants to nonprofit organizations, including academic institutions and government entities. Grants are awarded for environmental projects such as obtaining conservation easements, constructing or maintaining wetlands, restoring and protecting surface waters, and conserving and protecting natural areas. Grant projects must be completed within three years after they are awarded. In past grant cycles, grantees have used the funds to acquire land for preservation, protect eroding streams, and find solutions to prevent stormwater from causing groundwater contamination, flooding, and erosion.

The EEG program was established in 2000 through a 25-year agreement between the Attorney General’s Office and Smithfield Foods that included a $2 million annual provision for environmental projects in North Carolina. The program has awarded more than $25 million in environmental grants since 2002. In the last grant cycle, Attorney General Stein distributed more than $3.5 million to 27 grantees across North Carolina.

More information on the EEG program can be found here. A voluntary interest meeting will be held April 15, 2020 – email for more information. Those interested in applying must submit an initial Letter of Intent by April 21, 2020. Full proposals are due by May 28, 2020, at 11 a.m.

Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484


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