Disaster Recovery

Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, & Michael

In 2017, Triangle J received a U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The result was the Hurricane Matthew Resiliency project, which is intended to aid impacted North Carolina communities in recovery and redevelopment during the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. 

In January 2019, this grant was amended to build upon the previously awarded grant and further augment work already performed through the EDA and TJCOG. This grant will work with communities in declared counties to meet the immediate post-recovery needs, as well as build long-term resiliency for all impacted communities. Working on a regional scale, this grant provides collaborative opportunities for these communities to learn from each other and build resiliency for future severe weather events. The grant assesses both immediate short-term needs, as well as longer-term resiliency planning efforts, to help communities be more prepared. 


Disaster Recovery Grant Funds

TJCOG hosted the Economic Resilience Funder-Palooza on July 9, 2019, where attendees were provided with presentations and one-on-one engagement around potential funding opportunities from five agencies:

  • U.S. Economic Development Administration
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Golden LEAF Foundation
  • NC Office of Resiliency and Recovery 
  • UNC School of Government

Agency representatives were on-hand to answer questions and discuss potential projects with attendees. Presentations from this event are available for download.

U.S. Economic Development Administration

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the FY 2019 EDA Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) on grants.gov. U.S. EDA has approximately $587 million in FY19 supplemental appropriations available for disaster recovery grants. The funds will be available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by Presidentially declared major natural disasters in 2018, including Hurricanes Florence, Michael, and Lane, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkhut, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes, as well as those impacted by floods and tornadoes in 2019.
The following counties, and the jurisdictions within, are eligible to apply for these grant funds under the federal disaster declarations for Hurricanes Florence and Michael – Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Lee, Moore, and Orange
The submission of applications should be based on long-term, regionally-oriented, and collaborative development strategies that foster economic growth and resilience. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis as long as funding is available, so communities are encouraged to submit their applications promptly. Disaster recovery projects must be consistent with the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities.

Further information on EDA’s past disaster supplemental and investments is available on EDA’s website.

Project Development & Application Assistance

Through funding from U.S EDA, TJCOG is available to provide technical assistance and grant administration support to any member government on resilience projects.

Please contact us if you have a question about the type of projects that are eligible for funding or how TJCOG staff can help you.



Emily Barrett
Natural Resources & Resiliency Program Manager