LRCOG News & Updates
Our Mission
"In its dedication to regional excellence, the Lumber River Council of Governments is
proactive in identifying local and regional needs and the resources to address
those needs in an effective and fair manner."
Lumber River Council of Governments' American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Information Hub

Find links to information, other resources, and sample documents
Area Agency on Aging

Nutrition Program

Region N Nutrition Providers continue to serve the older adults in our region during this unprecedented time.
Bladen Division on Aging
LRCOG Area Agency on Aging
(Serving Robeson & Scotland Counties)
Richmond County Aging Services
Senior Services of Hoke County
Lumber River Workforce Development Board
The NCWorks Career Center provides services connecting jobseekers to employers. Employer Engagement is a vital role of the NCWorks Career Centers located in Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland Counties. Employer engagement includes assisting an employer with specific staffing needs, addressing an industry skills gap, or providing up-to-date labor market and workforce data. As shown below, the employer services offered through the NCWorks Career Center offer our employers assistance with applicant screening and outreach services.
  • The NCWorks Career Center in collaboration with Hoke County Detention Center hosted a job fair at the center located at 304 Birch Street in Raeford. Ten jobseekers completed applications and were being considered for positions as a result of the job fair.
  • The NCWorks Career Center – Richmond County in collaboration with Randstad hosted a job fair at the NCWorks Career Center located at 115 W. Franklin Street in Rockingham that resulted in 7 jobseekers being hired.
  • The NWorks Career Center – Robeson County in collaboration with SIMOS Solutions hosted a job fair at the NCWorks Career Center located at 289 Corporate Drive in Lumberton which resulted in 22 jobseekers being hired.
  • The NCWorks Career Center – Bladen County in collaboration with Prestage Farms held a job fair at the NCWorks Career Center located at 401 Mercer Mill Road in Elizabethtown which resulted in offers being extended to 2 jobseekers. Additional job fairs were held in collaboration with Smithfield Foods that resulted in employment offers to 7 jobseekers.
  • The NCWorks Career Center- Scotland County in collaboration with Perdue Farms of Rockingham, hosted a job fair at the newly relocated career center located at 16800 - A US HWY 401 bypass in Laurinburg which resulted in 31 new hires for Perdue Farms.
NCWorks Career Center Updates
New Phone and Fax Number-
Hoke County NCWorks Career Center
304 Birch Street, Raeford, NC 28376
Phone- (910) 683-3060        Fax- (910) 683-3067

New Phone Number-
Robeson County NCWorks Career Center                     
289 Corporate Drive, Suite B Lumberton, NC 28358
Phone- (910) 887-6950             Fax- (910) 887 -6974

New Phone Number and Address-
Scotland County NCWorks Career Center                    
16800-A US Hwy 401 Bypass Laurinburg, NC 28352
Phone- (910) 405-5200       Fax- (910) 405-5218
Governor Cooper Issues Executive Order to Relax State’s Outdoor Mask Mandate and Ease Mass Gathering Limits
2020 Census
NC Gains Seat in US House

The US Census Bureau has released the 2020 Census Apportionment (total state populations) data. The national population is 331,449,281 and North Carolina's population is 10,453,948. North Carolina has gained a seat in the US House of Representatives based on the 2020 Count.
Vintage 2020 Population Estimates for the
United States and States

The release of Vintage 2020 estimates provides the opportunity to make comparisons with the 2020 Census to evaluate the accuracy of the estimates. The Vintage 2020 estimates are based on the 2010 Census and were created without incorporation or consideration of the 2020 Census results.
N.C. Households Can Get Help With Monthly Internet Bills From Federal Program

North Carolinians can get critical help to pay for high-speed internet from a $3.2 billion federal program opening May 10 for families and households working, learning and shopping from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Vaccination Dashboard
North Carolina COVID-19 Information Hub
North Carolina’s First Cybercrime Hotline

United Way of North Carolina and the Cybercrime Support Network (CSN) announce the launch of North Carolina’s first cybercrime support and recovery hotline. The new system allows North Carolina residents to dial 2-1-1 to report and find resources to recover from identity theft, financial fraud, cyberstalking, cyberbullying and other cybercrimes. This initiative was made possible through a Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Victim Assistance Grant that was awarded by The North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission. Additional support for the project has been provided by the N.C. Department of Information Technology (NCDIT).
American Rescue Plan Funding Webinar
May 11, 2021, from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

The North Carolina League of Municipalities is hosting an “American Rescue Plan: Accessing Funding” webinar. The League will be joined by staff from the NC Pandemic Recovery Office for a Q&A about the ARP funding for cities and towns. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Any municipal staff and/or elected officials who will be involved with ARP funding processes are encouraged to attend.
North Carolina's New Small Business Plan: A Pathway to Prosperity for All
May 17, 2021 @ 10 a.m.

The session will include a presentation of relevant data on community and economic development in North Carolina, with a direct focus on entrepreneurship and small business development.

Register today to hear more about the statewide small business coalition, and what you can do to help.
North Carolina Municipal Leaders are Invited to Participate in USDA Disaster Recovery Program Informational Session
The session will be provided two times: May 18, 2021 and May 25, 2021

As North Carolina prepares for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season from May 15, 2021, to November 30, 2021, USDA North Carolina Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is pleased to host an informational webinar on our agency’s disaster recovery program, the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP). This program was established to provide cost‑share assistance to eligible sponsors for recovery efforts that protect undamaged structures and infrastructure while addressing soil erosion, water, and debris hazards.

To register send an email to and with:
a)  Subject Line: EWP Session Request
b)  Name, Organization, Email Address, and Chosen Session (May 18, 2021, or May 25, 2021).

 Multiple RSVPs can be provided in one registration request message.
Local Governments and 2020 Census Data: What to Expect, How to Prepare
May 26, 2021 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Know what to expect and how upcoming Census data releases will affect your government. Don't miss this free, online event featuring speakers from the US Census Bureau, sponsored by the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management.
Free Human Resource Workshop for NC Rural Communities for 2021

June 2, 2021 from 8 AM to 1 PM

SERCAP is offering a virtual HR training course for local government leaders and staff.
Funding Opportunities
State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU) Capacity Building Opportunity

The North Carolina SECU (State Employees Credit Union) Foundation is excited to announce a grant opportunity to assist local programs. SECU Foundation is partnering with UNC Pembroke to offer the Rural Opportunity Grant (ROG) which will offer capacity building coaching to eligible non-profits to create and sustain projects. The goal of this funding will be to equip your organization with the necessary skills and training to be able to apply for one of the SECU Foundation’s larger grant opportunities.
Potential areas of capacity-building coaching could include:
● Board and Staff Development
● Fundraising/Philanthropy
● Strategic Planning
● Disaster Preparedness
● Technology Implementation & Technical Assistance
● Program Evaluation
● Sustainability Planning
● Budgeting & Finance
● Volunteer Management
Restaurant Revitalization Fund

The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business and no more than $5 million per physical location. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023.
Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density.
The Rural Health Care Program

Provides funding to eligible healthcare providers in rural areas for telecommunications and broadband services necessary for the provision of healthcare.

The Rural Health Care (RHC) Program consists of the:
  • Healthcare Connect Fund (HCF) Program
  • Telecommunications (Telecom) Program
Innovations in Nutrition Programs and Services - Community Research

The Older Americans Act (OAA), administered by the Administration for Community Living, (ACL) provides funding to support a wide array of home and community-based services (HCBS) within a long-term services and support system. The purpose of these services is to maximize the independence, well-being and health of older adults and allow them to live at home for as long as possible. The OAA Senior Nutrition Program (SNP) helps older Americans remain healthy and independent in their communities by providing meals and related services in a variety of community settings (including congregate facilities, such as senior centers) and via home-delivery to older adults
Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program

Program Objectives
The EEG Program offers reimbursement grants for projects that improve North Carolina’s air, water, and land quality by addressing the goals of the Smithfield Agreement.

Apply for a Grant
The North Carolina Department of Justice will soon begin accepting applications for the next cycle of Environmental Enhancement Grants. Completed proposals will be due by Thursday, June 24, 2021, at 11 a.m.

Suggested Read
Coates' Cannon
Raising the Federal Micro-Purchase Threshold: Self-Certification for Units of Local Government in North Carolina
Authored by: Connor Crews

On August 13, 2020, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) published revisions to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (2 C.F.R. Part 200) (the “Uniform Guidance”). Among other things, the revisions to the Uniform Guidance allow some non-Federal entities to raise, via annual self-certification, the generally applicable micro-purchase threshold of $10,000 to a “higher threshold consistent with State law.”

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