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."
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
Biden extends the national ban on evictions through March 2021

The current order was set to expire on January 31st. Restrictions on foreclosures of properties with federally-guaranteed mortgages were also extended to March 31st. Additionally, the deadline to apply for forbearances on such mortgages is extended to March 31st.
NC Department of Health and Human Services

COVID-19 County Alert System
NCDOT and NCDHHS Announce Solution to Help Fund Transit Rides to and from COVID-19 Vaccine Sites

The NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding is being distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

People who need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine should reach out to their local transit agency. You can find your local transit agency online at NC_public_transit. Local transit agencies serve all 100 North Carolina counties.

Building Trust In and Access to a COVID Vaccine Among People of Color and Tribal Nations
A Framework for Action Convening
NC Small Business Survey Report
The survey drew responses from 1,219 small businesses from all 100 North Carolina counties, including 275 towns.The survey responses have been compiled into a report which can be found on the NC Commerce website.The MS&RP Center and the SBTDC will collaborate to offer statewide training webinars, deliver one-on-one support, and provide technical assistance that address identified small business needs in these areas:
  • planning for business continuity
  • developing a marketing plan
  • augmenting financial planning and assistance
  • pivoting a business
  • creating social media
  • developing websites and e-commerce platforms.

Through the survey, 353 small businesses also requested one-on-one business counseling services which the SBTDC provides at no charge. The partnership between the MS&RP and the SBTDC is intended to spur recovery and build more resilient local economies that can withstand crises and disasters including 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).
Leveraging Regional Development Organizations to Support Small Water Systems

Date: January 26, 2020
Time: 2:00-3:00pm EST

During this webinar, you will learn how Regional Development Organizations (RDOs) work with small local municipalities on asset inventory for water systems infrastructure, collaborate on projects that enhance economic development and quality of life, coordinate with state and federal partners, and much more.

LRCOG's Regional Planning Director, Jean Crews-Klein
will be presenting during this webinar.
Water and Wastewater Finance Strategies Workshop

Wednesday February 24- Friday February 26, 2021

The Environmental Finance Center's annual Water and Wastewater Finance Strategies workshop will provide utility practitioners with new skills and up-to-date information on pricing, infrastructure finance planning strategies, and funding resources.
Training Available

NCRWA is offering FREE virtual training to educate water systems on the requirements, and to assist with compliance, of the following two rules:
AWIA Section 2013: Risk Resilience and Emergency Response Plan and,
 NC Rule 15 NCAC 18C.1305 - Source Water Protection Planning Rule
Which systems need to comply with these rules?
  • AWIA Section 2013 - Any community water system serving a population of 3,301 or more (calculated in accordance with this rule)
  • NC Rule 15 NCAC 18C.1305 - Any public water supply system that treats and supplies water from surface water sources (lakes, rivers, streams, etc.)

Training Dates: Jan 22nd, Jan 28th, Feb 11th, Feb 23rd

If you are a system that prefers this training onsite and are willing to host an onsite training event, please contact Alicia Melton directly at 919-812-2008 or No onsite training classes for this particular training have been scheduled at this time.
Registration Open for Smart Growth America’s Equity Summit

Smart Growth America will hold a free online Equity Summit from January 26 to 28 focused on improving racial equity, economic inclusion, and restorative justice through smart growth. The event is a three-day virtual summit convening a group of experts, practitioners, and policymakers to discuss how to center improving racial equity in smart growth work. The lineup of speakers will discuss how to promote equity in housing and land use, why strong Black and brown businesses are key to neighborhood vitality, and how to right the wrongs of past damaging transportation decisions and promote restorative justice.
Small Business Update: Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Stimulus Q&A

At the end of 2020, the federal government passed a $900 billion coronavirus-related stimulus bill designed to help small businesses in multiple ways. These included the reopening of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), expanding the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC), setting aside new funds for Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) grants and creating new live venue grants.
Funding Opportunities
FY 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant

Fire safety grants fund critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel, enhance efficiencies and support community resilience.
US Department of Education offering Talent Search Grants

US Department of Education invites public or private agencies, institutions of higher education, and/or secondary schools to apply under the Talent Search Grant program for funding to support the identification of individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake postsecondary education.

Applications due by February 26, 2021.
The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission
Grant Applications For 2021 Now Available

The North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission is accepting applications for the 2021 grant cycle. The key objectives for 2021 are; supporting the agricultural industry, impacting rural communities and stimulating economic development. Funds will be awarded in the fall of 2021 for selected innovative projects.

The deadline for applications submission is Friday March 5, 2021.
Request for proposals: North Carolina Healing
Communities Fund

The North Carolina Community Foundation is seeking proposals from nonprofit organizations in North Carolina that have been impacted severely by COVID‐19 through revenue loss and increased demand.

The NC Healing Communities Fund will support nonprofit organizations in marginalized communities that have been disproportionately affected by the virus and its economic impacts and have been un- or under-served by other sources of financial assistance.

The Fund’s goal is to support nonprofits in these communities so that they may survive and thrive beyond the pandemic.
Suggested Reads
NC Policy Watch
More financial trouble is predicted for NC cities and counties. What’s the solution?
by Lynn Bonner
State officials fear that finances of more local governments will crumble under the weight of pandemic-related sales tax losses and declines in water and sewer payments from commercial properties.
Route Fifty
Biden Calls for $350 Billion in State and Local Aid as Part of Massive Stimulus
by Bill Lucia

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