Golden LEAF Announces $3.3M in Funding at August Board Meeting — Neuse News

On August 4, 2022, the Golden LEAF Board of Directors awarded funding of $445,582 to support projects under the Open Grants Program and $1,382,782.18 to support rural broadband to institutions of community anchoring through the MCNC. The Golden LEAF Board of Directors has approved funding of $127,534 for the North Carolina Rural Center to administer the Rural Internship Initiative under the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program. The Golden LEAF Board of Directors also provided funding of $1,365,000 for projects under the Flood Mitigation Program.

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors awarded three projects totaling $445,582 in funding from the Open Grants Program. These projects will support workforce preparation, job creation and economic investment in Carteret, Beaufort, and wayne counties.

  • $199,300 to the North Carolina Coastal Federation to support the creation of a shared-use aquaculture center in Carteret County that would provide new and existing oyster and clam farmers with improved access to water, product refrigeration, storage, grading and loading equipment, and site aggregation for distributors, with the aim of creating quality jobs and increasing income for shellfish farmers.

  • $46,575 to Pungo Christian Academy to support equipment and supplies to expand PCA’s FFA program to include welding and auto mechanics in addition to its existing horticulture and carpentry offerings. APC students can participate in the Career and College Promise program at Beaufort County Community College, which has indicated support for the project.

  • $199,706.78 to Mount Olive University for simulation equipment to support the development of a BSN program that will train 100 RNs each year for positions in Wayne and surrounding counties.

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors has granted $1,382,782.18 to MCNC to use as matching funds in an application that MCNC will make for federal broadband funding. If federal funds are secured, MCNC plans to build 127 miles of broadband fiber between Sanford and Jacksonville, including Harnett, Lee, Onslow, Duplin, Cumberlandand sampson counties – which would directly serve 20 community anchor institutions and pass within three miles of an additional 195 community anchor institutions.

Additionally, the NC Rural Center received $127,534 from the Golden LEAF Board of Directors to administer the Rural Internship Initiative for the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program. The NC Rural Center helps with outreach and promotion, manages intern selection, reviews internship sites to ensure alignment with the student’s curriculum and the student’s intent to return to rural NC, and provides oversight and engagement with interns and internship sites during the summer.

The Golden LEAF Foundation received $25 million from the State of North Carolina for a flood mitigation program. The flood mitigation program will provide funding of up to $250,000 per project. Funds can only be granted to local government units.

The Golden LEAF Board of Directors has awarded $1,365,000 in funding to seven projects under the Flood Mitigation Program in Beaufort, Brunswick, Sampson, Perquimans, Lenoir, Granville, and Columbus counties.

  • $225,000 to the City of Aurora to create a maintenance plan and schedule for all ditches and tributaries under the city’s jurisdiction, with the goal of mitigating areas of frequent flooding during heavy rains.

  • $250,000 to the City of Boiling Spring Lakes to install stormwater management infrastructure along the Holly, Walnut and Redwood road areas in an effort to alleviate the flooding that the city experiences several times a year along these roads. In 2014, a 2014 Preliminary Engineering Report determined optimal solutions to reduce flooding in the area and a 2021 Stormwater Management Master Plan identified this project as a priority.

  • $250,000 to the City of Clinton to reroute the existing drainage system along Weeks Street to alleviate frequent flooding along Route and nearby Highway 24.

  • $90,000 to the City of Hertford to collect field data, perform modeling of existing watersheds, map the location and condition of stormwater assets, and develop and prioritize concept plans to address streets floods that occur during heavy rains that prevent access to public and private properties and create significant inflows to the sewage treatment facility due to inflow and seepage.

  • $250,000 to the City of Kinston to develop a flood mitigation solutions plan through reviewing existing data sources, collecting additional data from field surveys, updating existing models, etc. medical offices nearby.

  • $125,000 to the City of Oxford to develop concept plans – from mapping stormwater infrastructure and modeling existing watersheds along sub-watersheds to the west and parallel to College Street and at MLK Jr. Avenue – to deal with flooding that occurs throughout the city during heavy, unnamed, non-tropical rains and which limits public works personnel’s access to critical infrastructure, including the station purification.

  • $175,000 to the Town of Tabor City to install infrastructure to close the ditch perpendicular to Hickman Road that will improve drainage to eliminate frequent and prolonged flooding that occurs in the southern part of town during heavy rains.

Since 1999, Golden LEAF has funded 2,027 projects totaling $1.19 billion supporting the mission to advance economic opportunity in rural, tobacco-dependent, and economically challenged North Carolina communities.

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