Golden LEAF recognizes that rural and economically distressed communities must have sites available for development to attract new businesses and create opportunities for existing businesses to expand. To address this need, Golden LEAF created a new SITE Program. Through this program, Golden LEAF will provide support to communities to identify potential sites for economic development, and enable completion of due diligence on sites already identified, or to extend public utilities to or conduct rough grading and clearing of sites for which due diligence has been completed. Golden LEAF will accept applications from organizations in all counties, but will prioritize awards within counties that have been persistently economically distressed (as demonstrated by County Tier status determined by the N.C. Department of Commerce) and in economically distressed, rural, and tobacco-dependent communities.
Communities will be able to begin the process at any of the three phases, and a site may progress from identification through to development over time.
If you’re not sure which phase is right for your project, we have a few questions to help guide you.
Golden LEAF intends for the SITE Program to complement other site readiness and site development programs existing in North Carolina and has coordinated its program requirements with those other programs.
Golden LEAF budgeted $15 million for the program this fiscal year to be awarded in two rounds: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Golden LEAF will reserve approximately $7.5 million for funding the SITE Program in Spring 2023.
Applications for the Fall 2022 round are due September 19, 2022 at noon for consideration by the Golden LEAF Board at the December 1, 2022 meeting.
Available resources will be updated periodically while the application window is open. Information posted is current as of July 22, 2022.
Applications are due September 19, 2022 at noon. Each phase uses a unique application. Please visit the specific page for the link to the application portal for that phase.
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