Charlotte, N.C. – The organizers of 335forNC.com have delivered 24,946 submitted applications for the N.C. Extra Credit Grant program to North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR). Each approved application will result in a $335 check for an eligible family, distributing over $8M of aid for those in greatest need. The application period reopened last month after Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and its partners, Robinson Bradshaw and Legal Aid of North Carolina, took successful legal action to ensure families with the most need had time and access to complete the application. NCDOR will mail checks to eligible applicants by Dec. 30, 2020. (Anyone needing to know the status of their check should call NCDOR at 1-877-252-3052.) For more information, please visit the NCDOR website.
“The Extra Credit Grant program was a wonderful opportunity to provide desperately needed relief to struggling North Carolina families,” said Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy Executive Director Kenneth Schorr.
Made possible by federal coronavirus relief funds, the N.C. Extra Credit Grant program was intended to help families offset the expense of educating and caring for their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible middle- and high-income families received grants automatically through N.C. tax filings; however, many low-income families with annual incomes of $20,000 or less could only receive an Extra Credit Grant if they submitted an application to the NCDOR by Oct. 15, 2020. Robinson Bradshaw, on behalf of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and several low-income families, filed a complaint which resulted in a court order on Nov. 5, 2020, that reopened and extended the application period. The 335forNC team worked quickly to create a secure and easily accessible online application which closed Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, at 2 p.m.
“I am proud of the fast and creative approach our team took to ensure that thousands of families got the relief they needed,” said Adam Doerr, an attorney with Robinson Bradshaw.
Robinson Bradshaw is a Carolinas-based corporate law firm celebrating 60 years of providing comprehensive legal services to clients. Robinson Bradshaw represents businesses across the country ranging from startups to Fortune 100 companies. Learn more at robinsonbradshaw.com.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity. Learn more at legalaidnc.org.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy can provide those in need with information, advice and advocacy in consumer protection, home preservation, health care access and public benefits, immigration, tax assistance and more. Our mission is to pursue justice for those in need. Our vision is to build a just community, where all people are treated fairly and have access to legal representation to meet their basic human needs of safety, economic security and stability. Learn more: charlottelegaladvocacy.org.