November 14, 2022 | By Adam Sotak, Education NC
From diapers to housing, historic American Rescue Plan funds have created huge opportunities to address local needs. Local governments and school boards across North Carolina are using those funds to make innovative investments in the community groups that know their populations best. A new tool from the Southern Economic Advancement Project shows just how those funds are being spent, and where.
In the Bull City, Durham City Council just approved a $340,000 grant of Rescue Plan funds to Book Harvest. The nonprofit organization, which promotes early learning and literacy, will use the funds to build more than 60 book boxes across the city. Book Harvest plans to place the book boxes in neighborhoods where young children are least likely to have their own library at home.