The Golden LEAF Board approved $71,379 in funding to the NC Rural Center to support Golden LEAF’s $11 million Community-Based Grants Initiative (CBGI), launching in March 2022 in the Southeast Prosperity Zone. The NC Rural Center will present information regarding economic trends in the region and strategies for effective project development at kick-off meetings. They will also be available to provide coaching for project teams in the Southeast Prosperity Zone. This available resource will help broaden the region’s leadership base, enhance community and regional collaborations, and develop strategic, innovative projects to transform the economy.
Under the Open Grants Program, the Golden LEAF Board awarded $1,080,800 for four projects that will support job creation and workforce preparedness in Craven, Jones, Guilford, and Pitt counties.
In Pitt County, the Golden LEAF Board awarded Aces for Autism (ACS) $500,000 to support pre-construction activities and site prep for the expansion of onsite healthcare services for individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder in eastern North Carolina. The organization will create 90 new, full-time healthcare jobs.
The Golden LEAF Board awarded the Center for Science Technology and Leadership Development, Inc. in Pitt County $180,800 to establish a regional employment skills training center in Bethel that would serve as a satellite resource hub, making workforce skills training, career exploration, and job placements more accessible to residents of rural eastern North Carolina.
The Golden LEAF Board awarded $200,000 for Goshen Medical Center to fund construction costs of a new Federally Qualified Health Center that will provide integrated primary and medical healthcare, replace two community health center sites, and expand services that will serve both Craven and Jones counties. The new facility will create 9 new full-time positions, totaling $785,000 in new payroll annually.
In Guilford County, the Golden LEAF Board awarded $200,000 to the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship for the installation of a $1.2 million sprinkler and fire suppression system that is required for implementation of a multi-phase project that will create 100 jobs in Greensboro.
The Golden LEAF Board approved $562,678 in additional Disaster Recovery Grant Program funding to existing projects in Pender and Scotland counties. The Disaster Recovery Grant Program is funded through appropriations by the State of North Carolina to the Golden LEAF Foundation to award funds to governmental entities and 501(c)(3) nonprofits to repair or replace infrastructure and equipment damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, Michael, and Dorian.
The Golden LEAF Board approved an increase of $375,000 to the City of Laurinburg in Scotland County for cost increases related to the construction of the City of Laurinburg North Fire Station.
In Pender County, the Golden LEAF Board approved an increase of $187,678 to the Town of North Topsail Beach for cost increases related to the renovation of the Town Hall.
Over two decades, Golden LEAF has funded 1,970 projects totaling $1.1 billion.