RALEIGH — North Carolina has been awarded a $4.5 million grant from the federal government for Hurricane Matthew relief, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Thursday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the funds, which are designed to help some of the most-affected victims navigate long-term recovery.
The Disaster Case Management Grant to North Carolina Emergency Management requires no matching donations from the state. Cooper said in a press release that the grant, which was created in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was the first of its kind to be received by North Carolina.
The state reports that more than 80,000 people have registered for FEMA assistance since Hurricane Matthew. North Carolina has received $88.4 million in federal disaster relief for homeowners and renters and $80.8 million from the Small Business Administration.
Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said the department is identifying experienced case managers to work with faith-based and volunteer organizations to assist those in need. The state said case managers are expected to be in place by February.
- The deadline for Hurricane Matthew survivors to register with FEMA for disaster assistance is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23. Apply online at fema.gov/disaster/4285 or call 800-621-FEMA.