Disaster Recovery

In the span of about two years, North Carolina has been hit by two 500-year storms, Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.

For these disasters and others, both state and federal funding fuel the recovery programs that help North Carolina communities rebuild in a smart, comprehensive way.  Learn more about the different sources of help in the sections below.

Recovery-State/Rural Grants

Recovery-State/Rural Grants

The N.C. General Assembly has provided funds to the Golden LEAF Foundation and the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Rural Economic Development Division to provide grants to local governments to help repair, replace or construct new infrastructure due to Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence damage.  Eligible infrastructure recovery projects include water, sewer, storm drainage systems and items like sidewalks.

For more information on state-funded disaster recovery programs, contact:

Melody Adams, Director, Rural Grant Programs 
Rural Economic Development Division 
NC Department of Commerce 
919-814-4661 (Office)



The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides flexible disaster recovery grants to help cities, counties, and states recover from Presidentially declared disasters, especially in low-income areas and subject to the availability of supplemental funds.   Specialists from N.C. Commerce's rural economic development team help administer these federal funds during times when this money is available.

The federal funding most often arrives as additional Congressional appropriations to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, as Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild affected areas and provide crucial seed money to start the recovery process.

Since CDBG Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance may fund a broad range of recovery activities, HUD can help communities and neighborhoods that otherwise might not recover due to limited resources.

Detailed information on the federal CDBG-DR program is available.

Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants

Disaster Dislocated Worker Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor awarded an $18.5 million Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant to help with Hurricane Florence response in late September 2018.  The North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions requested and administers this grant.

The counties eligible for this type of assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are: Alleghany, Anson, Ashe, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Cabarrus, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Dare, Duplin, Granville, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Jones, Montgomery, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Union, Wayne, Wilson and Yancey.

Through the federal grant, residents of eligible counties will work in jobs that support either clean-up and recovery from the storm’s devastation or humanitarian assistance to residents of affected areas. Supported by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Dislocated Worker Grants fund temporary jobs in response to large, unexpected events that cause significant job losses.

Nonprofits and government agencies will employ participants for up to 12 months. Worksites must generally be on public property or land owned by not-for-profit agencies.

Workers may be eligible for jobs under the grant if they’ve been temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of the hurricane, or if they meet certain other criteria.

To apply for the Hurricane Florence temporary employment program, residents should visit their local NCWorks Career Center, which can be found by visiting www.ncworks.gov.