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Environmental Grants


Attorney General Roy Cooper awards grants annually to projects that will help improve our water quality. These grants help to preserve land along our rivers, restore wetlands, clean up hog lagoons and find alternative uses for hog waste.

Since the  program began, Cooper has awarded more than $25 million to 100 projects. So far, these projects have resulted in the closure of 213 animal waste lagoons and the restoration or permanent conservation of more than 23,000 acres of land and wildlife habitat, as well as several environmental education and research initiatives.

You can read more about projects awarded grants.
Program Background
On July 25, 2000, the North Carolina Attorney General and Smithfield Foods Inc. signed an agreement to identify environmentally superior technologies for hog waste disposal. Smithfield committed to provide money to promote environmental programs in North Carolina.
To maximize the benefits to North Carolina’s environment, the Attorney General, after consultation with Smithfield, the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and others, established the Environmental Enhancement Grants Program in January 2003.
Program Objectives
The EEG Program seeks to improve the air, water and land quality of North Carolina by funding environmental projects that address the goals of the agreement between Smithfield and the Attorney General.
The EEG Program funds projects to restore and protect impaired, degraded or endangered surface waters, groundwater and other natural resources. In addition, the EEG Program promotes long-term environmental enhancement programs to conserve and protect targeted natural areas.
Because North Carolina’s environmental enhancement needs will change over the 25 years of funding, the EEG Program is designed to be flexible and to shift priorities depending on the needs identified each year.
Apply for a Grant

The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office will soon begin accepting applications for the next cycle of Environmental Enhancement Grants. Those interested in applying should submit letters of intent to by Friday, September 30, 2016. Information meetings will be held on October 19 and 25, 2016, and completed proposals will be due by 11 am on Thursday, December 1, 2016. 

Read the 2016 Request for Proposals.

If you have questions about the grant program or the application process, please contact us at
See Reports From Grant Recipients