FAST NC Opens Final Round Of Grant Applications For Hurricane Florence, Expands Relief Funding To Districts Impacted By Hurricane Dorian
Elizabeth Yelverton | NCASA Legal Affairs & Policy Manager
FAST NC, a bipartisan group formed to provide aid to students and teachers in the wake of Hurricane Florence, has opened a final round of grant applications for Florence-impacted schools, as well as an opening round of applications for schools impacted by Hurricane Dorian. Both of these applications, which can be accessed on the FASTNC webpage, are due by October 18, 2019.
Since its creation last September, FAST NC has awarded over $900,000 to fund 100 grants in districts impacted by Hurricane Florence, with the support of partners such as the North Carolina Association of School Administrators (NCASA). Due to the continuing need of districts impacted by additional storms, the State Board of Education has chosen a new meaning for the acronym “FAST NC.” According to a statement from a State Board spokesperson, “FAST NC no longer stands for Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina. Sadly, more hurricanes necessitate a name that addresses more than one storm. FAST NC, therefore, is no longer an acronym. It is simply FAST NC…a name that we hope will be associated with prompt (FAST) response and support to our colleagues in storm-impacted districts.”
NCASA would like to thank the efforts of FAST NC in supporting schools, students, and teachers as they continue to rebuild in the wake of these devastating storms. We will continue to follow and share additional hurricane relief opportunities as they become available.