North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) (http://www.cwmtf.net): Created in 1996, Clean Water Management Trust Fund provides grant money to finance projects that focus on water quality protection. Funding for CWMTF is appropriated annually by state legislature. Since its inception, CWMTF has awarded 781 grants for a total of $595.8 million. Many of the Land Trust’s projects center around the pristine rivers and streams located in the Piedmont, which provide clean water as well as important aquatic habitat and areas for recreation,
North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP) (http://www.nceep.net/): The NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program purchases land and easements within 300 feet of perennial streams. A partnership between North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation, this program focuses on wetland restoration for mitigation purposes. The State of North Carolina holds the easements, and land trusts contract to close the projects, produce baseline inventories, and monitor the lands to ensure proper compliance.
North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (http://www.ncnhp.org): The Piedmont region of North Carolina houses a number and variety of rare species and significant natural communities. The NC Natural Heritage Program funds projects that preserve these natural heritage areas. This program also funds county inventories that document the location of such sites within an entire county. Only state agencies may apply for this funding, which is provided through a dedicated revenue source.
US Forest Service: The Forest Service received $500,000 by allocation in fiscal year 2004 to purchase lands along the Uwharrie Trail. Three Rivers Land Trust is part of a continuing effort to reconnect the Uwharrie Recreational Trail, which would provide a much desired avenue of recreation in the area.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture: The Land Trust partners with the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund on purchased easements on working farmlands. This funding is typically matched by a component of federal dollars and a landowner donation.
US Department of Agriculture: Recognizing the value of local family farms to tradition and economy, the US Department of Agriculture purchases easements on working farmland. This program will fund 50% of the value of an easement, but the funding must be matched by non-federal dollars.