Tuesday, August 9, 2022

City opens grant to organizations that help individuals overcome adversity

WILMINGTON, NC – The City of Wilmington announced it will open a grant for organizations that provide direct services to people who have been “disproportionately impacted by pervasive adversity,” according to a press release. The grant will ensure organizations can provide resources for positive outcomes that help build resiliency.

Biennially, the Human Service Grant is awarded to establishments that work with at-risk youth under 20, as well as young adults, 20-24. It also awards the grant to organizations that work with the elderly (55 and above), individuals with a physical or mental disability, domestic and/or child abuse survivors, formerly incarcerated persons, and unemployed/underemployed individuals.

There are five areas the grant program specifically hopes to address:

  • “Lowering the risk of youth violence by providing programming that enhances academic success, increasing positive community involvement, and preparing youth for future employment or academic pursuits
  • Improving economic conditions and promoting prosperity for low-to-moderate income citizens through mentoring, job readiness, job-skills training, career coaching, job placement and financial literacy
  • Providing a safe haven for vulnerable residents, including but not limited to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and child abuse and neglect. Offering emergency housing and/or services to assist survivors to regain security and stability
  • Preventing displacement, loss of housing, by providing housing repair for low-income homeowners, especially elderly and disabled
  • Increasing access to healthy, nutritious food for households experiencing food insecurity and/or residing in a food desert”

The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Any organization that applies also will have to take the Human Service Grant Workshop on Jan. 5, 2022, at 2 p.m. To register, go to https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/departments/community-services/community-development-housing.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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