The Carolinas Associated General Contractors (CAGC) Foundation says it expects “qualified businesses and organizations” will be able to apply for their share of $3.7 million in COVID-19 mitigation grants on Oct. 14. Funds will be released on a “first come, first served” basis.
The application period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 28, CAGC says in a statement.
The North Carolina legislature awarded the funds to the foundation from the state’s portion of 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,” CAGC says.
“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 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 . . . and be prepared to act quickly as the funding must be spent by Dec. 30.”