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9/24/2020 2:11:00 PM
Community Groups May Apply For COVID Relief
Nearly $20 million in funding allocated

Lincoln Herald Staff

Community groups providing Internet-based learning during virus-related restrictions can benefit from funding help.

According to North Carolina Alliance YMCA spokeswoman Michele McKinley, such organizations are invited to apply for up to $100,000 in COVID-19 relief funds per Website. The application period opens Sept. 28, and applications are due by Oct. 5. Complete details, including for registration, are available on the Website:

State-approved funding of some $19.85 million is available, as McKinley informed. The N.C. Alliance of YMCA’s is administering this grant funding, according to its chief executive officer, Sheree Vodicka.

“We’re so grateful to be serving families,” said Vodicka, “alongside many other community organizations that also prioritize the safety and health of children. We are honored to serve community organizations by administering these funds in accordance with federal guidelines.”

Eligible organizations may apply for reimbursement of direct personnel and other expenses associated with planning for and/or providing Internet-based learning support. Groups will need to demonstrate a capacity to provide full reporting (employee payroll records, timekeeping, receipts, etc). 

More about the N.C. Alliance of YMCA’s
The YMCA is a nonprofit community benefit organization that collectively serves about a million people statewide.

North Carolina Y’s provide more than $30 million in annual financial assistance and subsidies to local residents. As an economic engine, they employ more than 9,000 people and provide child care to more than 25,000 working families.

The North Carolina Alliance of YMCA’s is a coalition of 25 YMCA associations. Its purpose is to build the capacity of all the state’s YMCA’s; foster collaboration on statewide initiatives through effective partnerships; advocate on behalf of the YMCA’s mission and cause with elected officials and stakeholders at the local, state and national levels; and co-ordinate communication to build consensus that ensures YMCA’s are recognized as leaders in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

To learn more, check out the Website at

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