The North Carolina Department of Commerce recently awarded the City of Newton $715,000 as part of the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Program. Grant funds will be used to support local businesses and nonprofits affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and to invest in Newton’s Wi-Fi Internet infrastructure.
Newton’s funding will be allocated as follows:
$175,000 to assist low- and moderate-income households with paying for utilities.
$125,000 to Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry to purchase a cooler/freezer and pallet jack.
$ 75,000 to The Corner Table Soup Kitchen to purchase a delivery van and supplies.
$ 50,000 to In My Father’s House Community Support Services Network to repair a food truck and to purchase a van and supplies.
$150,000 to install free Wi-Fi hotspots in the City of Newton.
$ 75,000 to provide social distancing supplies to small local businesses in order to open or remain open.
$ 65,000 for grant administration provided by the Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
North Carolina received CDBG-CV funding as part of the CARES Act. CDBG-CV funds can be used for a variety of different activities that prepare, prevent, or respond to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19.