The CAGC Foundation is currently developing grant guidance and an application for qualified businesses and organizations to complete to be eligible for funding that can be used for construction industry COVID 19 mitigation efforts. The Foundation expects to open the grant application period next Wednesday, October 14th. The opportunity to apply for a grant from the Foundation will be open from October 14th at 9:00 am until October 28th, 5:00 pm.
As we reported recently, the CAGC Foundation was awarded a $3.7 million dollar grant by the NC legislature from the state’s portion of the CARES federal funding. The Foundation grant will be used to make subgrants to non-profits and businesses in the state for coronavirus mitigation efforts in the construction workplace.
The legislation stipulates that $3.0 million of the grant funds are to be awarded to construction businesses and non-profits that reside in the state for staffing and equipment needed to screen and protect individuals in the workplace, the purchase of personal protective equipment for individual worker use while on a jobsite, rapid response testing kits, implementing computer or smartphone applications that enable workers to answer daily screening questions before reporting to the jobsite, purchase of jobsite sanitization equipment for use in disinfecting jobsites, mental health support, and other pandemic-related safety gear for construction workers. The remaining $750,000 will be awarded to media organizations or other entities that can provide multi-lingual education, training, and community outreach programs using various media to reach construction workers, including those who lack proficiency in the English language.
The grant application period will be open next Wednesday, October 14th through Wednesday, October 28th. The awards will be made on a first-come first serve basis to eligible subgrantees. Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to watch for the announcement in all CAGC communications (Newsbreak, social media, website, etc.) and be prepared to act quickly as the funding must be spent by December 30, 2020.