Of the $3.6 billion dollars the state received, 94% of it was successfully distributed to relief programs, hospitals, schools, etc. In the 21 page report, the state auditor breaks down how North Carolina spent its pandemic relief money.
The remaining 6% was either sent back or is still sitting unused. They’re trying to get the word out that parents in the Tarheel State can get $335 thanks to the extra credit grant program.
RELATED: Could a 4th stimulus check be on the way? “This program was implemented, because of the pandemic, people were out of work,” Mcmillan said. “And schools were out of session, which means that children had to stay home, parents could not go to work.”
“It’s essentially free money that the North Carolina state department of revenue is giving to families,” explained Dietrich Mcmillan, managing attorney for pro bono nonprofit Legal Aid of NC. State leaders say a big reason so much money was unused and sent back was because not enough parents applied for a lesser-known free child credit, called the Extra Credit Grant.
But the auditor’s report shows when the original December application deadline passed, $62.6 million was still sitting around unclaimed, so it was sent back to the department of revenue. The NC Covid recovery act allocated more than $400 million for that program.
“I think it’s more of getting the word out,” Mcmillan replied. “Because we have a lot of families that do qualify.” RELATED: $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8% “Does that speak to you as maybe they just allocated too much money to it? Or just you know, the struggle to get the word out about this additional program?” WCNC Defender Savannah Levins asked.
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