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By Erin Smith

Golden Leaf Foundation

As many in Bladen County continue to recover from the wrath of Hurricane Florence, faith-based buildings and communities have also suffered. Churches in Bladen County saw damage such as shingles blown off roofs, leaks and flooding.

“The NC General Assembly has appropriated funds to us for this purpose,” Kasey Ginsberg of the Golden LEAF Foundation, said on behalf of Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF’s President.

The funds are available in the form of grants. The Golden LEAF Foundation is now accepting grant applications from faith-based communities to assist them with repairs. Ginsberg said applications for the grant program can be found on the Golden LEAF website.

Ginsberg said church leaders should be prepared to submit the following documentation with their application:

  • FEMA Public Assistance application
  • damage assessments
  • quotes or other estimates for repair
  • All 501(c)(3) organizations must submit documentation regarding their nonprofit status, financial information, and a listing of their Board of Directors or governing board.

Ginsberg said applications will continue to be accepted until all of the funds from the Disaster Recovery Act of 2018 are dispersed. According to Golden LEAF’s website, 94 grants have been awarded thus far totaling $63 million for projects in 27 counties.