Announcing 10 New Recovery Grants for North Carolina and Florida

Continuing the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP)’s commitment to supporting long-term recovery needs and plans, we are pleased to announce 10 new grants from the CDP 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund for communities affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. This fund was launched to support recovery efforts in North Carolina and Florida with the purpose of:

  • Supporting local long-term recovery groups.
  • Mobilizing resources for housing recovery programs and initiatives.
  • Mobilizing resources for programs and initiatives supporting populations with special needs.

In addition to the 10 new grants, two grants were awarded earlier this year to the Disaster Leadership Team and the North Florida Inland and Bay County Long Term Recovery Groups to jumpstart local recovery efforts, for a total of nearly $1.75 million in funding going directly toward supporting recovery.

Hurricane Florence Grants

  • $250,000 to North Carolina Baptists on Mission to provide direct support and assistance for housing repairs to 60 families using their three program support hubs (Robeson, Craven and Duplin counties) which will feed, house and mobilize up to 300 volunteers a day.
  • $250,000 to CORE Community Organized Relief Effort to support their North Carolina Housing Rehabilitation and Resiliency Program in Robeson County which targets the Lumbee Native American community to assist with housing repairs to 50 homes and build community resilience through local capacity building efforts.
  • $200,000 to Rebuilding Together of the Triangle for the critical repair of 20 homes in Bladen and Pender counties.
  • $150,000 to Disabilities Rights North Carolina to improve disaster services and assistance through indirect and direct assistance to people with disabilities, advocacy and more inclusive emergency management planning.
  • $50,000 Land Loss Prevention Project for staff support to provide legal services to address immediate critical needs of homeowners, landowners and farmers in the 34 disaster recovery counties.

Hurricane Michael Grants

  • $250,000 to Mennonite Disaster Service for building materials to build up to four new homes or perform 10 critical home repairs for families still in need referred by local disaster case management and the North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group in rural Jackson and Calhoun Counties.
  • $200,000 to All Hands and Hearts in the form of a matching grant for their Rebuilding Resilient Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael program which will provide critical repairs and interior finishes to 18 homes in Bay County.
  • $177,163 to Habitat for Humanity of Bay County for their Hurricane Michael Critical Home Repair Program which will provide repairs to 55 homes in Bay County to low-to middle- income families.
  • $100,000 to Legal Services of North Florida to support their Hurricane Michael Legal Advocacy program which provides persons affected by Hurricane Michael with legal assistance, information and access to resources to maintain or secure housing.
  • $50,000 to ToolBank to establish a tool bank with up to 5,000 square feet of warehouse space in Panama City to provide tools free of charge to nonprofits and community-based organizations working in housing recovery.

This grantmaking represents a holistic funding approach for housing recovery that includes direct assistance for recovering safe and secure housing as well as legal services for affected families to maintain housing or obtain due financial assistance. Furthermore, the majority of the programs are targeting underserved or vulnerable communities including three grants benefiting small-scale farmers in communities of color, people with disabilities and the Lumbee Native American community in North Carolina. Combined, these 10 grants represent CDP’s ideals of serving vulnerable populations and creating avenues that boost disaster preparedness and resilience within affected communities.

Brennan Banks

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