10/6/20 – Corona Virus Relief Act 3.0 – Extra Credit Grant
On September 4, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, which was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. The law includes the Extra Credit Grant program to be administered by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
According to the law, the purpose of the program is to “use funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help families with qualifying children in North Carolina by providing economic support to assist with virtual schooling and child-care costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The grant amount is $335.00 total for each eligible individual, even if the individual has two or more qualifying children.
- NCDOR will award a grant to eligible individuals who report at least one qualifying child (age 16 or younger) on their 2019 state individual income tax return; spouses who file a joint state return count as one individual.
- Eligible individuals who have filed their state return and reported at least one qualifying child do not need to take any action to receive the grant.
- An individual who did not file a 2019 state tax return solely because the individual’s gross income for the 2019 taxable year did not exceed the state filing requirements for the individual’s filing status (generally $10,000 per year if single and $20,000 per year if married) may apply for a grant.
- An applicant must meet the all requirements referenced in the law, including having at least one qualifying child age 16 or younger for the 2019 calendar year, to apply for the grant by October 15, 2020.
8/19/20 – NC DHHS Request Public Comment on LIHEAP Block Grant Plan
The LIHEAP Block Grant Plan is completed each fiscal year, which outlines how grantees will operate the Energy programs. The Administration of Children and Families (ACF) requires that states seek public participation for the LIHEAP Plan each year. ACF is allowing states a one-time flexibility to revise their 2020 LIHEAP block grant plan for federal fiscal year 2020-2021. North Carolina selected that option. The only revisions to the 2020 block grant plan are listed below. The plan can be viewed at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/public-notices
• Updated Federal Poverty Guidelines which are effective October 1, 2020
• Removing the requirement for Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) applicants to have a disconnect notice
• Explanation of how the CARES Act funding will be spent
• Adding online CIP and LIEAP applications to ePASS effective date January 1, 2021
• Adding the acceptance of Telephonic Signatures for CIP and LIEAP applications