LRCOG News & Updates
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"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."

Beginning Sunday, August 23, 2020, the Division of Employment Security (DES) will no longer accept weekly certifications for unemployment benefits by phone. Weekly certifications must be completed online at If you need help filing online or lack access to a computer, call the DES Customer Call Center at 888-737-0259.

For more information on weekly certification, visit:
Red Springs’ Barbara McColl Receives Certified Municipal Clerk Certification
N.C. Risks Losing More Than $7B Due to Low Census Response
from Carolina Demography
As of July 31, approximately 4 million North Carolinians still need to respond to the census or North Carolina risks losing out on an estimated $7.4 billion in funding each year. N.C.’s current Census 2020 response rate is below the national rate and below where our state was in 2010.
County Response Rates
As of August 19, 2020

National Self-Response- 64.1%
NC Self-Response- 60.0%
Bladen County- 46.0%
Bladenboro - 47.5%
Clarkton - 42.3%
Dublin - 34.9%
East Arcadia - 47.2%
Elizabethtown - 51.9%
Tar Heel - 44.3%
White Lake - 17.1%

Hoke County- 55.3%
Raeford - 56.5%

Richmond County- 50.8%
Dobbins Heights - 39.1%
Ellerbe - 32.1%
Hamlet - 51.5%
Hoffman - 43.9%
Norman - 33.3%
Rockingham - 54.9%
Robeson County- 47.2%
Fairmont - 51.3%
Lumber Bridge - 37.0%
Lumberton - 48.9%
Marietta - 49.3%
Maxton - 41.9%
McDonald - 57.1%
Orrum - 29.3%
Parkton - 41.6%
Pembroke - 36.6%
Proctorville - 45.2%
Red Springs - 50.0%
Rennert - 42.2%
Rowland - 35.7%
St. Pauls - 50.7%

Scotland County- 53.8%
Gibson - 38.2%
Laurinburg - 56.4%
Wagram - 39.6%
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!
Area Agency on Aging Outreach Efforts
Elder Abuse Awareness Campaign
  • Billboards installed in Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson, and Scotland Counties
  1. 444,990 Total Weekly Impressions
  2. 16 - Total Weeks
  3. 7,119,840 Total Impressions
This is the number of people 18 years or older who see the boards at least once during the week.

  • Distributed lanyards promoting elder abuse to long-term care staff and DSS Staff
  1. 1,500 lanyards
  • Distributed 1,000 adult coloring books to long-term care facilities to provide to residents during COVID-19
  • Distributed 758 essential bags to HD and congregate clients (Adult coloring books, Toilet paper, Hand sanitizer)
  • Distributed 43 appreciation bags to volunteers that assisted with meals during COVID-19 (Nutrition Program)
North Carolina to Remain Paused in Phase 2
Until 5 :00 pm on September 11, 2020
North Carolina Offers Expedited Funding to Increase Community Non-Congregate Shelter Options During COVID-19
Governor Cooper Announces More Than $12 million to Expand Internet Access
NC Rural Center Webinar on Rural Development Hubs

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The first hour will be the Aspen Institute presentation followed by a brief Q&A. The second hour will consist of regional breakout sessions to discuss what the rural development hubs framework means for your region.
FEMA's Webinar on Notice of Funding
Opportunity (NOFO) Overview

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

This 90-minute session will provide information on the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
North Carolina COVID-19 Information Hub
Coronavirus Relief Funds (CFR)
Links to help you find and use funds for COVID relief
Funding Opportunities
Job Retention Grant (JRG)

If your business or non-profit organization experienced interruption due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the new Job Retention Grant (JRG) Program may be able to offer assistance.
To qualify to receive these grant funds, your organization:
  • Must meet some specific eligibility requirements, which you can review below.
  • We also encourage you to read carefully these instructions, which will help you gather the information and documentation you'll need before...
  • You fill out our online application form.

Applications accepted from now until application deadline of Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. No applications will be accepted after that time.  No grants will be awarded before the September 1 deadline, and the potential amount of each grant will not be determined until all applications have been reviewed and awarded.
North Carolina Neighborhood Revitalization Program  Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-NR)
Deadline Extended to 4:00 PM Monday, August 31, 2020

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

Duke Energy Social Justice and Racial Equity Grant
Application period open July 15 – Aug. 31; grant decisions by Oct. 31

This grant program will award $25,000 grants for general operating funds to North Carolina nonprofits dedicated to the fight for social justice and racial equity. Grants will empower nonprofits that are led by, and provide services to, communities of color. North Carolina will hold a social justice and racial equity grant cycle annually for at least three years.
Division of Water Infrastructure
Funding Programs Available in Fall 2020 Funding Round
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.
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NC Health News
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The Daily Yonder

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