NC Extra Credit Grant Program

Dec. 7, 2020, Update:

On behalf of Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and our partners, thank you for your interest in the NC Extra Credit Grant program. The 335forNC application process has closed. 

However, if you are struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are several ways Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy may be able to help your family:

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Here’s more information on the NC Extra Credit Grant Program:

The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) will mail checks to eligible applicants by Dec. 30, 2020. NCDOR call agents are unable to provide the status of application prior to December 29, 2020.

The grant amount is $335 total for each eligible individual, even if the individual has two or more qualifying children. The Dec. 7, 2020, application extension was only for individuals not required to file a 2019 state tax return. The Oct. 15, 2020, deadline for filing 2019 returns or amended returns was unchanged by the order (see Background below for more information).

Eligibility Requirements:

For those applicants who applied through the 335fornc.com website or toll free number during the extended application window, the applicant must have met the all requirements referenced in the law, including:

  • Not having already been issued an NC Extra Credit Grant payment.
  • Having been a North Carolina resident for all of 2019.
  • Not having filed a 2019 state tax return solely because the individual’s gross income for the 2019 taxable year did not exceed the state filing requirements for the individual’s filing status (generally $10,000 per year if single and $20,000 per year if married).
  • Having at least one qualifying child age 16 or under for the 2019 calendar year.

Background:

In September, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a statute to use federal coronavirus relief funds to send $335 checks to North Carolina families with children to help with remote learning and childcare costs during the pandemic. The law allows middle- and high-income families to automatically receive the relief funds, while requiring families with incomes so low that they did not file state income tax returns to submit an application for their share of the funds.

Many low-income families never learned of the program. The law also gave these low-income North Carolinians less than a month to submit an application. As a result, an estimated 200,000 families with incomes under $10,000 or $20,000 – the families most in need of help with remote learning and childcare expenses – were set to receive nothing.

On Oct. 20, 2020, Robinson Bradshaw filed a complaint challenging the exclusion of low-income families from coronavirus relief payments by the state of North Carolina. The firm represents Legal Aid of North Carolina, the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and several low-income residents pro bono in the suit.

As a result of this litigation, a court entered an order on Nov. 5, 2020, that reopened and extended the application period for eligible North Carolina individuals to apply for the $335 Extra Credit Grant. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Legal Aid of North Carolina created a secure online application that accepted 24,946 applications before the Dec. 7, 2020, deadline.

Press Coverage:

Thanks to the following media organizations and all our outreach partners who spread the word about the application reopening for NC Extra Credit Grant program.

12/7/20

CBS 17 – Raleigh 

Univision – Raleigh
Hoy es el último día para pedir la ayuda de $335 para gastos escolares en Carolina del Norte

Fox 46 – Charlotte
Remote learning grant for low-income families extended

The Charlotte Observer
NC parents have until 2 p.m. today to apply for a $335 COVID-19 relief payment. Here’s how.

WSOC – Charlotte
Today is the deadline for NC families to apply for $335 ‘extra credit’ grant

12/2/20

The Charlotte Observer
NC parents have until Monday to apply for a $335 COVID-19 relief payment. Here’s how.

11/30/20

Duplin Times – Greenville 
North Carolinians must apply for $335 grant before Dec. 7

11/28-29/20

Francene Marie Show – Beasley Media Group (Charlotte) 

11/26/20

Salisbury Post
Few applications received for state’s child care, remote learning assistance grant

11/25/20

Port City Daily – Wilmington
335 for NC grant deadline extended for families

11/24/20

Greensboro News & Record
How parents can still claim their $335 checks

NC Policy Watch
Advocates: there’s still time for North Carolina families to get $335 “extra credit grants”

11/23/20

WSOC – Charlotte
Here’s what families need to know about NC’s $335 ‘extra credit’ grant

The Mountaineer – Western NC (Waynesville)
How parents can still claim their $335 checks

NewsBreak – NC
335 for NC accepting grant applications from families in need through Dec. 7

Progressive Pulse – NC
Advocates: there’s still time for North Carolina families to get $335 “extra credit grants”

WRAL – Raleigh
Parents: Didn’t get your $335 check? Here’s your second chance

Mountain Xpress – Asheville

335 for NC accepting grant applications from families in need through Dec. 7

11/21/20

LaNoticia – Charlotte
Familias de Carolina del Norte podrían tener otra oportunidad de obtener un cheque de $335 del estado

11/20/20

WFAE – Charlotte 
Judge Orders Applications To Reopen for $335 COVID-19 Grants

CBS 17 – Raleigh
Deadline extended for NC families to apply for one-time $335 grant