The Golden LEAF Foundation in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, has announced grants totaling $16.1 million in support of disaster recovery and economic development efforts across the state.
Grants were awarded in support of forty-seven projects, including fifteen job creation and workforce development programs and thirty initiatives aimed at strengthening communities' resilience to disasters. Grant recipients include Rockingham County, which was awarded $2.2 million through the foundation's Economic Catalyst program for construction of a 500,000-gallon elevated water tank, a project that is expected to create more than four hundred jobs.
The foundation also awarded ten grants totaling $3.5 million through the Golden LEAF Opportunities for Work (GLOW) initiative in support of workforce development programs in nine counties; four grants totaling $665,000 through its Open Grants Program in support of workforce development programs in four counties; and two grants totaling more than $1.8 million through its Community-Based Grants Initiative in support of workforce development and infrastructure projects in Montgomery and Richmond counties.
In addition, the foundation's Disaster Recovery Grant Program, which is funded through appropriations from the State of North Carolina, awarded thirty grants totaling more than $7.9 million for the repair or replacement of infrastructure or equipment damaged by hurricanes Matthew (2016), Florence (2018), and Dorian (2019), as well as construction of new hazard mitigation infrastructure in fifteen counties.
"Golden LEAF is dedicated to the long-term economic advancement of North Carolina," said Scott T. Hamilton, the foundation's president and CEO. "In this time of uncertainty, it is important for our board and staff to be a steady hand in supporting our nonprofits and governmental entities who help grow North Carolina's economy in the communities we serve. The projects awarded today will help create new jobs in rural areas, get people to work in available jobs, and prepare communities for recovery from natural disasters."
For a complete list of grants, see the Golden LEAF Foundation website.
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