Economic Development Agency Funding

FY24-25 Economic Development Applications are now closed!

For questions contact Gwen Hill at (910) 500-7894 or

Eligibility:  Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) status and governmental entities are generally eligible to apply for economic development agency funding.  Economic agencies includes both economic development agencies and community-based economic development agencies (arts, attractions, events, etc.).  Economic agencies are paid to recruit, grow, and retain businesses in New Hanover County; are primarily focused on improving the tax base or creating jobs; and contribute to creating community wealth i.e., brings visitors/dollars into the local economy.

Evaluation Criteria:  Applications will be reviewed by the County Manager and recommendations will be included in the recommended budget for Board of County Commissioners' approval.  There are no specified funding or eligibility time limits.

The Economic Development Application process is now closed!

FY24-25 Application Instructions