Disaster Recovery Grant Program

The State of North Carolina provided funds to the Golden LEAF Foundation to make grants to governmental entities and 501(c)(3) nonprofits to repair or replace infrastructure and equipment damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Michael, and Dorian. Infrastructure includes nonresidential buildings that serve the public, water, sewer, stormwater, and other publicly owned assets.

This program is intended to address unmet needs following insurance and available federal assistance including FEMA Public Assistance and/or an SBA loan.

Places of Worship

Grants may also be awarded to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and established religious organizations to repair or replace places of worship damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Florence. 

Hazard Mitigation

Grants may be awarded to construct new infrastructure for hazard mitigation. Projects to improve damaged or destroyed infrastructure to make it more resilient to future storms are also eligible and receive higher priority. For example, replacing a damaged shingle roof with a metal roof.

For more detail regarding eligible projects, see this link to frequently asked questions.

Applications for the Disaster Recovery Grant Program will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds available for this program have been awarded.

How to Apply

Complete the online Disaster Recovery Grant Program application form:

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

IMPORTANT: After you submit your application, 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 will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds available for this program have been awarded. 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 or in the order they are received.

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors 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.

Priorities

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 Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Michael and Dorian.

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. Grant funds may not be used to displace an SBA loan. 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.

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

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