The North Carolina Community Foundation, in partnership with the North Carolina Local News Lab Fund, announces 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.
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.
Grants awarded were:
This round of funding speaks to the partnership NCCF has developed with the NC Local News Lab Fund, according to Leslie Ann Jackson, NCCF vice president of community investment and engagement. “We’re proud of the partnership we’ve forged with the NC Local News Lab Fund and the willingness our partners have shown to address the persistent needs for access to information and for continued media coverage of disaster recovery,” she said. “These grants are a tremendous asset to the communities in our state still recovering from Hurricane Florence and building resilience.”
The NC Local News Lab Fund is excited to see funders and organizations coming together to support the vital information needs of eastern North Carolina's communities around disaster resilience, according Teresa Gorman, NCLNL advisory board member. "We know that information needs persist far long after a disaster strikes, and these resources paired with NCCF’s matching support will better prepare communities for the next hurricane," she said. "Together, we’re able to do far more than we would separately.”
The NC Local News Lab Fund was established at NCCF in 2017 by a group of local and national funders who believe in the power of local journalism, local stories and local people to strengthen our democracy. Financial support from Democracy Fund, the Prentice Foundation and Park Foundation powers an ecosystem strategy that combines grantmaking with programming designed to build sustainable revenue models and connections.
The Fund has invested nearly $700,000 in North Carolina organizations in two rounds of grants. Grantee organizations are currently serving communities recovering from hurricanes, youth learning about power of their voices and building collaborative partnerships that inform North Carolinians and share resources. The Fund works to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to the local news and information they need to make their communities thrive.