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Disaster Recovery Grant Program

Disaster Recovery Grant Program

The State of North Carolina provided funds to the Golden LEAF Foundation to make grants to units of local government and 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organizations that serve the people of North Carolina working to recover from Hurricane Matthew, the western wildfires, Tropical Storm Julia or Tropical Storm Hermine.

Eligible projects include: repair, replacement, or demolition of existing infrastructure; infrastructure to support new housing development; repair or replacement of equipment; and construction, replacement, or improvement of public infrastructure to support hazard mitigation. For the purposes of this program, infrastructure includes nonresidential buildings that serve the public, water, sewer, sidewalks, storm drainage, and other, similar projects. See Section 5.6 of Senate Bill 99 for details.

How to Apply

If after reading the guidelines you have questions regarding the Disaster Recovery Grant Program application process, please contact Kasey Ginsberg or by calling 252-442-7474 or 888-684-8404.

IMPORTANT: You will receive a response indicating that your application has been received. If you do not, please contact Golden LEAF by telephone at 888-684-8404.

Grant Application Review and Notification
Applications for the Disaster Recovery Grant Program must be submitted by August 31, 2018.
Applicants will be notified when their proposal is scheduled for consideration at a meeting of the Golden LEAF Board of Directors. This notification typically occurs no less than ten days prior to a regularly scheduled meeting. Applications will not necessarily be taken up at the next meeting of the Board. For example, consideration of projects that are lower priority may be delayed.

***Although applications will be accepted and reviewed, funds may not be awarded by the Golden LEAF Board until Senate Bill 99 becomes law.***

The Board will decide whether or not to fund the proposal, request more information, or take some other action. Communications regarding the application and the Board’s action will be sent to the Project Director on the application form.


The Golden LEAF Foundation is committed to using the funds entrusted to it for projects that show the most potential for providing relief or recovery from Hurricane Matthew, the western wildfires, and Tropical Storms Julia and Hermine.

It is the intent of Golden LEAF to avoid duplication of federal assistance or other private insurance benefits, therefore grant funds may not be awarded for costs that have been approved to receive federal funds through FEMA Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, or Community Development Block Grants Disaster Recovery Program. Grants may be used to address unmet needs remaining following allocations from other sources.

Golden LEAF expects that grant applications will exceed funds available for this program and the Golden LEAF Board of Directors will have to prioritize projects for awards. It is anticipated that priority will be given to repair or replacement of existing infrastructure and equipment damaged or destroyed by the disasters.

Requests for funding for higher cost items of equipment necessary to carry out a public purpose, such as a public school bus or fire engine, will be more likely to receive support than requests for other equipment. Projects to extend infrastructure to new housing in communities that lost housing in the disasters will also receive higher priority. Hazard mitigation projects will receive lower priority.

Demolition projects that pose a danger or health risk will receive higher priority than those that do not. Hazard mitigation projects for new infrastructure will receive lower priority than those to improve or replace existing infrastructure.

If you have questions about how your proposed project would be prioritized, please contact Kasey Ginsberg or by calling at 888-684-8404.

The factors identified above are examples of what might cause a proposal to receive higher or lower priority, but other factors will be considered when making funding decisions.

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