The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

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September 18, 2013

Edgecombe County seeking applications for Golden Leaf grant

TARBORO — Edgecombe County is seeking applications from governmental agencies and 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organizations for projects that promote long term economic growth and development.

The applications will be submitted to the Golden LEAF Foundation Community Assistance Initiative. The foundation set aside $10 million for 21 counties to compete for the funding. Only half of the counties will receive grants.

To participate in this program, Edgecombe County is seeking projects that promote long term economic growth and development, provide a clear and feasible plan for implementation and sustainability, and directly impact Golden Leaf's identified priority areas.

Organizations that are interested in applying must submit required information by 5 p.m. Sept. 30. All requests will be rated by the county manager, Lorenzo Carmon's, review team. Then the requests will be submitted to the board of commissioners on Oct. 7 for its approval.   

The submissions must address education, workforce development, infrastructure, health care or agriculture. Grant awards will typically be limited to one to three projects per county, with the maximum grant amount awarded to each county at $1.5 million. All projects require a 20 percent local match.

All applications are screened by the county managers before they are submitted to Golden LEAF. Golden LEAF will have the finally say so.

Edgecombe County Manager Lorenzo Carmon said as of Tuesday, only a few entities have inquired. He's hoping for more.

"We look at it as an opportunity to help do what Golden LEAF Foundation was set aside for," he said. "We encourage organizations and government agencies to send proposals. We would like to be one of the counties that receives the grant. So far, we've had two inquiries but not a full blown application."

Carmon added that the 20 percent match may be the deterrent.

In 2007 Edgecombe was awarded $1.8 from the Golden LEAF Foundation Community Assistance Initiative. Nine out of 11 organizations that were submitted to Golden Leaf by the county received funding. Rocky Mount/ Edgecombe Community Development Corporation received the lion's share (405,000).

Other entities that received funds were, Edgecombe County Public Schools ($367,000) Opportunity Industrialization Center, Inc. ($338,960), OIC Family Medical Center ($300,000) Edgecombe County, ($96,523) Edgecombe Vidant Hospital, $93,00, Boys & Girls Clubs of Nash/ Edgecombe County ($80,000) and another grant for Rocky Mount/ Edgecombe Community Development Corporation ($20,000).

In 2007, Golden Leaf Foundation Community Assistance Initiatives were for Tier 1 counties. Tier 1 counties are counties that have high unemployment and poverty rates. Tier 1 and Tier 2 counties will compete for the 2014 funds.

For more information contact Eric Evans by phone at 252-641-5775 or email at


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