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."
Lumber River Council of Governments' American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Information Hub

Find links to information, other resources, and sample documents
UNC School of Government's
American Rescue Plan (ARP) Microsite

This website is intended to serve as a resource for local governments navigating the complexities of this new federal funding. It includes a collection of relevant School of Government blog posts, a link to a discussion forum for local government finance officials hosted on NC Finance Connect, and links to resources available from others. We will add to this site regularly as more resources become available.
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
North Carolinians should monitor Tropical Storm Elsa, prepare for significant rains
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA's representatives. Multilingual services will be available.

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline
844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

President Biden and Vice President Harris recently announced their support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, the largest long-term investment in our infrastructure and competitiveness in nearly a century.

The need for action in North Carolina is clear. For decades, infrastructure in North Carolina has suffered from a systemic lack of investment.

The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework will make life better for millions of North Carolina residents, create a generation of good-paying union jobs and economic growth, and position the United States to win the 21st century.

Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bills into law on
July 2, 2021

Governor Cooper also vetoed the following bill:

Emergency Broadband Benefit Information Session
Friday, July 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a temporary program that provides a discount of up to $50 or $75 per month to lower the cost of broadband service for low-income households.

To help spread the word in North Carolina communities, the State Library and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of NCDIT are offering an online information session for front-line staff. Attendees will receive an overview of the program, and will learn who is eligible, how individuals can sign up, and practical outreach strategies and materials.The session will end with an opportunity to ask questions. To increase reach in their communities, libraries are welcome to invite other organizations that interact directly with potentially eligible households.
Missed the Webinar?
American Rescue Plan Act: Regional Information Sessions for Local Governments

Revisit this expert-led, informational session about the American Rescue Plan -- featuring remarks from Governor Roy Cooper, presentations and Q&As from state agencies and organizations supporting local governments, and many more sections hosted by subject experts.

Visit Link to view the recording and slides from the sessions.
Division of Water Infrastructure Announces
Fall 2021 Application Training

Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021
LRCOG, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (40 seats available)

The Division of Water Infrastructure in the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality announces training for the Fall 2021 funding round. All applications must be received by the Division no later than close of business on Sept. 30, 2021. Application training for the following funding programs:

  • State Reserve Program
  • Project Loans and Grants for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
  • Asset Inventory and Assessment Grants
  • Merger / Regionalization Feasibility Grants
  • Viable Utility Reserve
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
  • Community Development Block Grant- Infrastructure (Approx. $20 million depending upon availability of funds)

If you are considering applying for funding related to any of the available programs listed above, the Division of Water Infrastructure encourages you to attend a training session. If you cannot attend training, Division staff will be available to meet on an individual basis. Application training will be held during the weeks of July 26 and August 6. Training begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m. Application materials will be available on the Division website before training begins at: .

Space is limited. Please RSVP to Jennifer Haynie at (919.707.9173) Please provide your name, organization, e-mail, phone number, and the location you plan to attend. All training sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m.
Funding Opportunities
Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Program

The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program, is funded by FEMA and administered through a partnership with the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM). NCEM has the authority and responsibility for developing and maintaining a State Standard Hazard Mitigation Plan, reviewing the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program sub-applications, recommending technically feasible and cost effective sub-applications to FEMA and providing pass-thru funding for FEMA-approved and awarded project grants to eligible sub-applicants.
With the anticipation of increased funding nationally for FEMA's BRIC grant program ($1B expected, doubling last year's allocation) the State is offering four BRIC/FMA project workshops to help local governments in developing competitive proposals.

These workshops are available in person and virtually at the following times:
  • Monday, July 19, 2021 10 a.m. Western Branch (Asheville, NC) - Meeting Link
  • Wednesday, July 21, 2021 10 a.m. Central Branch (Durham, NC) - Meeting Link
  • Tuesday, July 27, 2021 10 a.m. (North) Eastern Branch (Greenville, NC) - Meeting Link
  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 10 a.m. (South) Eastern Branch (Wilmington, NC) - Meeting Link
FY 2021 Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative for Law Enforcement Agencies

The Rural Violent Crime Reduction Initiative will provide funding to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices committed to engaging in strategies to address the underlying crimes and criminogenic conditions contributing to clearly identified violent crime problems occurring in rural jurisdictions. All applicants that receive funding under this initiative are expected to collaborate with a training and technical assistance provider.
Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC)

USDA is making available up to $3 million in cooperative agreements under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for eligible entities to help them provide planning support, technical assistance and training to foster placemaking activities in rural communities.

Qualified entities can use the funds to help rural communities create plans to enhance capacity for broadband access; preserve cultural and historic structures; and support the development of transportation, housing, and recreational spaces.

Applications are due July 26, 2021
Suggested Read
The Broadband Market Failure
Jack Cassidy, NCLM Communications Associate
Coates' Canons
Public Meetings After the Lifting of the State-Level State of Emergency
Authored by: Frayda Bluestein

Lumber River Council of Governments | Phone: 910-618-5533 | Fax: 910-521-7556