State Awards Nearly $27M In COVID-19 Relief To Rural Communities

State Awards Nearly $27M In COVID-19 Relief To Rural Communities

11:16am Feb 18, 2021
Gov. Roy Cooper, left, speaks with Misty Drake, Chief Operating Officer at Piedmont Health Senior Care, a federally qualified health center where PACE patients (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and underserved populations can receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 in Pittsboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Rural North Carolina communities have been awarded $26.8 million in COVID-19 relief aid. 

Governor Roy Cooper announced that 34 municipal and county governments will receive grants to assist in economic recovery and public health needs.

The federal funds are aimed at helping residents avoid evictions and utility shutoffs.

The grants will also help to strengthen broadband for public facilities, rehabilitate buildings, and provide financial relief to small businesses.

State Commerce Secretary Machelle Sanders said in a news release, "Supporting North Carolina’s smaller communities and businesses is critical for our state’s economic recovery.”

Triad communities slated to receive funding include Rockingham County, Reidsville, Jonesville, and Asheboro. Grant money is also being directed to Watauga County in the High Country.

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