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."
Undercount Risks NC Fair Share
Of Federal Funds
Six percent of North Carolina households—an estimated 592,492 people—have not yet responded to the Census, risking more than $2.5 billion in annual federal funding to NC.
County Response Rates
As of September 30, 2020

National Self-Response- 63.1%
NC Self-Response- 59.2%
Bladen County- 48.6%
Hoke County- 59.1%
Richmond County- 53.9%
Robeson County- 49.7%
Scotland County- 56.3%
Please help by reaching out to everyone you know and reminding them to complete their Census forms now.
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

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!
North Carolina Moves to Phase 3 With Stable Numbers
Safety precautions set for large outdoor and some indoor venues
NCDHHS Exposure Notification App

SlowCOVIDNC, the official exposure notification of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, alerts North Carolinians when they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It is completely anonymous and does not collect, store or share personal information or location data.
NCDHHS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Order as State Has Stabilizing Metrics, Mandated Testing and Strict Infection Control Measures
North Carolina Launches Program to Help Small Businesses Disproportionately Harmed by COVID-19

RETOOLNC will offer guidance and funding to Historically Underutilized Businesses
Extra Credit Grants

The grant amount is $335.00 total for each eligible individual, even if the individual has two or more qualifying children.
NC Rural Center Community Resiliency Webinar Series
With the support of a generous grant from the American Red Cross, and in partnership with the North Carolina Office of Recovery & Resiliency, the NC Rural Center is excited to announce an introductory series of four FREE webinars during the month of October on community resilience to natural disasters.

Participating rural leaders will learn: 
  • Key concepts that distinguish resilience strategies from natural disaster recovery practices
  • The climatic and economic conditions that make adaptation of resilience strategies so critical
  • Practical resilience strategies communities can adopt
  • Principles and practices for inclusionary planning
  • Strategies to address the ongoing needs of rural leaders so they too can be as resilient as their communities


October 7th
Laying the Foundation: Key Concepts and the "Why To" Importance of Resilience Strategies

October 15th
Lifting the Load-Bearing Walls: Resilience Strategies that Work in Your Community

October 20th
A Building Accessible for All: Equity and Inclusion Principles That Assure Participation and Positive Outcomes for Everyone in the Community

October 27th
A Building of Warmth and Light: Strategies to Support Rural Leaders Facing Challenging Conditions
Webinar: Fiduciary Responsibilities
for Local Elected Officials
Oct. 15 | 10 a.m. - Noon | Online
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
North Carolina COVID-19 Information Hub
COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal
The Region IV COVID-19 IRC Team has launched its new COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal. The portal has been designed as a repository for region-specific and important COVID-19 guidance. It contains all the information previously found in IRC Advisories such as Events, Webinars, Financial Resources, School Information, Articles of Interest, and much more. The portal is live 24/7 and is updated regularly.

To access the COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal, click the link below. At the Connecting window, click cancel. Then log in as a Guest on the COVID-19 Region IV IRC Portal webpage.
Funding Opportunities
Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) Program
If your business has experienced extraordinary business disruption and not been able to open due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the new Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR) Program may be able to offer assistance with some of your fixed costs.
NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program
The NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program now allows businesses to borrow up to $250,000 with no payments and 0.25 percent interest for the first 18 months. The loan’s terms have also changed from a 60-month repayment term to a 102-month repayment term. We are urging small businesses and family farms in need of assistance to consider applying for this program to sustain or adapt their business to the realities of the pandemic.

The application deadline for this program is October 15, 2020.
For information about eligibility, loan terms, and necessary documentation, visit the NC Rapid Recovery FAQs page. For data highlights and to read stories about business owners who have received a Rapid Recovery loan, visit our News & Updates page.
Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program (CDBG-CV)
The North Carolina CDBG-CV Program is designed to help units of local government respond to and recover from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The program will assist non-entitlement areas across the state, which include incorporated municipalities under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 in population, by supporting public service, public facilities, and special economic development activities. N.C. Commerce will award CDBG-CV funds on a first-come, first-served basis with a focus on local needs identified by the community in collaboration with state and local health officials.

The Department of Commerce began accepting applications on September 1, 2020. 

(Important Notice: Our application is only to be used by local governments. We are unable to accept requests from individuals in need of personal assistance with rent or utility payments. For help with rent or utility payments for your family, you can call the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency toll-free at 833-ASK-RBNC. You can also send them an email.)
NC Department of Commerce Accepting Applications from Businesses and Nonprofits Hurt by COVID-19

While the CDBG-CV program is being planned, non-entitlement local units of government are encouraged to apply for the NC Neighborhood Revitalization Program (CDBG-NR) to assist with local needs identified by the community in collaboration with state and/or local health officials to prepare, prevent, and respond to the Coronavirus. Projects could include, but are not limited to, stabilizing housing, rehabilitating homes for vulnerable populations, and re-purposing buildings into patient treatment centers. Please note that NR does not include any CARES Act funds, but rather using the regular CDBG program funding.
Additional Funding Opportunity

The Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) Program funds the terrestrial deployment of broadband within unserved areas of economically distressed counties. The grants help bring high-speed internet to thousands of North Carolinians, businesses and farms in the most rural and remote areas of the state. These areas include both Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties as well as rural census tracts located in development Tier 3 areas that are currently served by less than 25 megabytes per second download and 3 megabytes per second upload speeds.

The grants are available to private broadband service providers and are designed to connect these areas with broadband as quickly as possible.

Homeowner Recovery Program

If your home was damaged by Hurricane Florence or Matthew, ReBuild NC may be able to help. The Homeowner Recovery Program provides assistance to repair, reconstruct, replace or elevate your home or reimburse you for completed repairs. You can participate even if you have received funds from other sources; you must include that information in your application.

To start, complete your application online or call 833-ASK-RBNC to make an appointment to complete your application at a local ReBuild NC Center. ReBuild NC sends an inspector to assess your home’s damage and determine if repair, reconstruction or elevation is needed, or if you qualify for reimbursement. Once you are approved, ReBuild NC assigns a contractor to your project. Through every step, ReBuild NC is here to answer all your questions and keep you informed.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides funding to state, local, tribal and territorial governments so they can rebuild in a way that reduces, or mitigates, future disaster losses in their communities. This grant funding is available after a presidentially declared disaster.

Find resources for state, local, tribal and territorial governments. In this program, individuals can apply for a grant through a local community.
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Grant

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to states, local communities, federally-recognized tribes and territories. Funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA chooses recipients based on the applicant’s ranking of the project and the eligibility and cost-effectiveness of the project.

FEMA requires state, local, tribal and territorial governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation assistance projects. For more information, go the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance.
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.

The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.
Economic Development Administration Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity for the STEM Talent Challenge

EDA is seeking applications from eligible applicants to create and implement innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) apprenticeship models that complement their respective region’s innovation economy.

The STEM Talent Challenge seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States.
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COVID-19 Pandemic Shines a Light on the Need for Strong State-Local Partnerships

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