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Hickory Among Communities To Receive Disaster Relief Grants

North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) recently announced the first round of grant recipients for the 2023 Disaster Relief and Mitigation Fund (DRMF). Hickory has received grants for two projects. The DRMF was authorized by the 2023 Appropriations Act, providing $30 million in funding availability to support the development of more resilient communities across North Carolina.

State agencies, units of local government, non-profit organizations, and public authorities, as defined in North Carolina General Statute, were eligible to apply for this opportunity.

The eligible categories of work authorized for this grant include the following: Flood mitigation efforts to stabilize the area and reduce future damages, Ensuring transportation resilience against natural disasters, pre-development assistance to provide small and underserved communities with technical assistance to identify and design shovel-ready projects related to disaster relief and flood mitigation, and financial assistance with local cost share to draw down federal funds on approved federal mitigation grants.

Hickory was approved for a grant award of $901,609 for the Wastewater Treatment Facility Hardening and Steam Restoration project. The city was also approved for an award of $763,523 for the Snow Creek Pump Station project. Get more details at