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Disaster Relief Information and Engagement Grants


The North Carolina Community Foundation, in partnership with the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund, announced more than $300,000 in grant awards to support information and public engagement as communities recover from Hurricane Florence and prepare eastern North Carolina for a more resilient future in June 2019.

Having trustworthy, accurate, and timely news and information is vital for North Carolina’s communities as they heal and rebuild. To meet this need, the NC Local News Lab Fund awarded more than $180,000 in grants to organizations and initiatives around news and information related to hurricane recovery in eastern North Carolina. The NCCF statewide grants committee matched the NC Local News Lab Fund’s support with $150,000 from the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund.

Stay tuned for more details about the funded projects and organizations as they launch their efforts.

Funded by the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund:

North Carolina Farmworkers Project: Farmworker Disaster Preparedness

Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center: “Florence: Wake-Up Call for Down East Carteret County”

Lenoir Community College Foundation: Jones County Chat, “Engaging, Informing, Advancing”

ISeeChange: Cocreating Community Flood Records and Alert Networks

Duke University: “The Coming Storm: Storm preparation and recovery in a time of climate change”

Enlace Latino NC

Working Narratives: Flood Zone

The News & Observer: “Washed Away: The impact of floods and politics on North Carolina’s most fragile communities”

Funded by the North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund in partnership with the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund:

Black River Health Services: Farmworker Disaster Resilience Plan

UNC Center for Public Television: “Before the Storm/Beyond the Storm: Public Media NC Connects Communities During Times of Disaster”

 Support the Port: Health and Wellness Program

RAFI – USA (Rural Advancement Foundation International)

North Carolina Health News: NC Health News/ Coastal Youth Media Proposal

 EducationNC: A Force Amplifier for Communities in Need