The North Carolina Coastal Federation has recently received funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to partner with waterfront landowners and promote the use of living shorelines.

What is a living shoreline?

A living shoreline is a cost effective, natural alternative to hardened shoreline structures such as bulkheads and seawalls. Living shorelines work by preventing erosion while maintaining the natural functions of the shoreline and protecting valuable salt marsh habitat. Although a variety of living shoreline types exist, they typically involve the planting of salt marsh grasses alone or in combination with the installation of an offshore structure made up of rock or bags of recycled oyster shells. Living shorelines are good for the environment and they are a proven effective erosion control method. More information can be found here and at

How does the cost share program work?

The grant allows the federation to partner with waterfront landowners along bays, sounds, rivers and creeks to promote the use of living shorelines, resulting in increased coastal resiliency. The grant funding will also go toward training marine contractors in the implementation and design of living shorelines.

Projects picked by the federation for this program will receive partial funding for installation as well as help with the design, permitting and construction of living shorelines.

By the numbers
  • Up to 2,000 linear feet of living shorelines to be implemented
  • $75,000 available over two years
  • 10-20 projects will be selected coastwide
  • A typical award per project will be $5,000-$10,000 and will cover no more than 50 percent of the total cost of materials and labor
How to apply

Please read all information in the downloadable application packet and submit required materials by Sept. 2, 2016. Awards will be announced by Nov. 1, 2016.

Pressing the application button will download a zip file with necessary materials to review and fill out

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