Quick Facts: NC Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

History of the NC Hurricane Relief Fund

The NC Hurricane Relief Fund was established by Governor Hunt following Hurricane Floyd in 1999. This fund is authorized by state law as a way for the Governor to accept contributions from businesses and individuals on behalf of the state following a disaster.

History of the NC Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

Governor Cooper activated the NC Hurricane Relief Fund to raise money for Hurricane Florence. The United Way of North Carolina served as the fiscal agent, receiving contributions. Golden LEAF serves as the funding agency, receiving grant applications, awarding grants, and managing grants. The North Carolina Community Foundation also distributes relief funding.

Funding for the NC Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief

Governor Cooper raised nearly $6 million, of which $5.4 million was distributed by Golden LEAF to 48 entities serving 20 counties. As of September 2019, grantees report 775 homes repaired and more than 5,595 households assisted by these funds.

Eligible Use of Funds
  • Home repair — purchase of materials to be used by volunteers or homeowners as well as hiring of contractors to complete minor to moderate home repair.
  • Housing assistance — rent and security deposit for replacement housing, mortgage assistance, and temporary hotel stays.
  • Utility assistance — payment of utilities or necessary deposits.
  • Replacement personal property — clothing, furniture, appliances, car repair, and equipment necessary to enable a survivor to return to work.
  • Case management — wages and mileage for new case management capacity to assist organizations with applications intake, review and duplication of benefit checks.
  • Volunteer support — rental of portable bathrooms and shower units as well as purchase of food to support volunteers.
  • Tools, equipment — purchase or rental of tools and equipment for volunteer organizations to use to provide home repair.
  • Direct administrative support — wages for staff to implement a program (not including grant administration) as needed.
Counties Served

North Carolina counties designated under the Federal Disaster Declaration.

Organizations Funded

Abundant Life International Baptist Cathedral
Backpack Blessings
Baptists on Mission
Brunswick Baptist Association
Brunswick County
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh Inc
Columbus Baptist Association
Craven County Disaster Recovery Alliance*
Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition Inc
Designing Station
Duplin Christian Outreach Ministries Crisis Center
Duplin County Partnership for Children
Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders
Genesis 457 Community Development Corporation
Greater Currie Community Action Group
Green Chair Project
Habitat for Humanity of North Carolina
Jones County RISE*
Legal Aid
Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas, Inc
Men and Women United for Youth and Families
N.C. Coalition to End Homelessness
Pamlico County Disaster Recovery Coalition*
Partners in Ministry
Pender County
Pender County Public Schools
Safe Haven of Pender
Salvation Army of the Cape Fear Area
Salvation Army of Fayetteville
Salvation Army of Jacksonville
Salvation Army of Carteret County
Salvation Army of Kinston
Salvation Army of New Bern
Salvation Army of Sampson and Wayne
Salvation Army of Washington
Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church
The Association of Mexicanos in North Carolina (AMEXCAN)
Town of Bolton
United Way of Bladen
United Way of Onslow
United Way of Robeson County
United Way of Sampson County
United Way of the Cape Fear Area
Wayne Charitable Partnership
Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM)

*organizations funded through fiscal agent partnership with a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

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