January 2, 2020
News & Updates for the Mid-Carolina Region
Grants, resources, news, training, important dates, and more.
Happy New Year!
The Mid-Carolina Team wishes you a year filled with joy, hope, and prosperity. We look forward to serving you in 2020!

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Funding & Resources
GREAT Grant Program - Sets aside $15 for each fiscal year through 2029 to facilitate the deployment of high-speed internet access to communities in NC. Intended to provide support to internet service providers to facilitate broadband deployment in Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties. Applications opened December 16.   CLICK HERE for more information.

Urgent Repair Program - The NC Housing Finance Agency proposes to make $4.5 million available for the 2020 Urgent Repair Program. Enables organizations to provide deferred, forgiven loans of up to $10,000 for emergency home repairs and modifications to very low income owner-occupied homes.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Economic Development Assistance - The US Economic Development Administration (EDA) has partnered with the International Economic Development Council to offer communities impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael professional economic development technical assistance. Resources provided at no cost, but communities are required to define a specific project of focus.   EMAIL Hillary Sherman, EDA, for more information.

Disaster and Economic Development Grants - EDA invites applications for several open funding programs. Under the Public Works Program and the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program, applications for construction and non-construction assistance projects that will advance job creation, job retention, and private investment are considered. EDA is also accepting applications to support economic recovery in communities impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.  EMAIL Hillary Sherman, EDA, for more information or CLICK HERE for more details.

USDA Broadband Funding - The USDA Rural Utilities Services has released the general policy and application process for the second round of funding under its broadband program, ReConnect.  Application deadline is March 16.  CLICK HERE for additional information.

GoldenLEAF Disaster Recovery Resources - GoldenLEAF Foundation has resources to support repair or replacement of infrastructure and equipment damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Michael, and Dorian.  CLICK HERE for more information.
Training Opportunties
America Walks Webinar - America Walks is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 8 from 2pm to 3pm. The webinar will showcase programs that help promote healthy communities.  CLICK HERE to register.

Clean Energy States Alliance Webinar - The Clean Energy States Alliance is hosting a webinar from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday, January 16 entitled "Solar with Justice: Recommendations for Community Organizations."  CLICK HERE to register.

EBM Tools Network Webinar - The EBM Tools Network will hold a webinar entitled "A New Coast: Strategies for Responding to Devastating Storms and Rising Seas" on Thursday, February 13 at 1pm.  CLICK HERE to register.
Upcoming Family Caregiver Support Events
Caregiver and Beyond University - A partnership between the Council's Family Caregiver Support Program and Liberty Home Health and Hospice to ensure that caregivers receive the tools they need. Event will be held on January 28 at Kiwanis Recreation Center in Fayetteville from 10am to 2pm. Dr. Marian Tally Simmons Brown, author of "Grandma Has Alzheimer's But It's Okay," will be presenting.  EMAIL Barbara White, Mid-Carolina Team, for more information. You may also call Barbara at (910) 323-4191 ext. 28.

Mid-Carolina Area Agency on Aging Family Caregiver Support Group - Provides a supportive and educational environment to enhance caregivers' and family members' understanding of Alzheimer's, dementia, and related cognitive impairments. The group meets the third Thursday of each month from 12:30pm until 1:30pm at the Kiwanis Recreation Center in Fayetteville. For more information, EMAIL Carla Smith, Mid-Carolina Team, or EMAIL Barbara White, Mid-Carolina Team. You may also call Carla at (910) 423-4191 ext. 23.
Important Dates
January 9 Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
January 22 Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
January 28 Caregiver and Beyond University
January 30 Mid-Carolina Board of Directors Meeting
February 4-5 NC Association of Regional Councils of Governments/The Forum Meeting
February 5-7 NC City & County Management Association Winter Seminar
March 15-18 National Association of Development Organizations Policy Conference
March 17-18 Senior Tar Heel Legislature
March 26 Mid-Carolina Aging Advisory Council
April 8-April 27 Mid-Carolina Senior Games
April 9 Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
April 15 Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
May 5-7 NC League of Municipalities CityVision Annual Conference
June 18-20 NC City & County Management Association Summer Seminar
July 9 Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
July 22 Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
August 13-15 NC Association of County Commissioners Annual Conference
October 8 Mid-Carolina RPO TCC Meeting
October 28 Mid-Carolina RPO TAC Meeting
Please EMAIL Mike Rutan, Mid-Carolina Team, if your community would like to submit new projects for SPOT 6.0. The RPO will accept new projects until at least April 1.
Let Us Know
Please let us know if you have questions, need additional details about the information we have shared or if there is a way the Council can be of service. Also, if you have news, events, announcements or other items you would like included in an upcoming FYI, please EMAIL Justin Hembree, Mid-Carolina Team. You may also call Justin at (910) 323-4191 ext. 33.
Mid-Carolina Council of Governments
Mid-Carolina Council of Governments is a multi-county, planning, development, and human services organization. We reach across county and municipal borders to provide technical assistance to our local governments and to administer programs that benefit our region’s citizens.

Our mission is to provide creative regional solutions to relevant and emerging issues in Cumberland, Harnett, and Sampson Counites while providing a standard of excellence in the delivery of federal, state, and regional services for our communities.