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Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0 Includes Extra Credit Grant Program

10/03/2020 - On September 4, Governor Roy Cooper signed into law the Coronavirus Relief Act 3.0, which was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly. The law includes the Extra Credit Grant Program to be administered by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.

According to the law, the purpose of the program is to “use funds from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help families with qualifying children in North Carolina by providing economic support to assist with virtual schooling and child-care costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The grant amount is $335.00 total for each eligible individual, even if the individual has two or more qualifying children.

  • NCDOR will award a grant to eligible individuals who report at least one qualifying child (age 16 or younger) on their 2019 state individual income tax return; spouses who file a joint state return count as one individual.
  • Eligible individuals who have filed their state return and reported at least one qualifying child do not need to take any action to receive the grant.   WE KNOW MANY OF THE FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS THAT SEEK SERVICES AND SUPPORT THROUGH THEIR LOCAL DSS AGENCY DO NOT FILE INCOME TAXES; THEREFORE, WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY WILL MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY.  WE ARE ENCOURAGING ALL DSS AGENCIES TO PUT THIS INFORMATION ON YOUR WEBSITE AND ANY OTHER VENUE YOU HAVE AVAILABLE THAT WILL REACH INDIVIDUALS THAT DID NOT FILE A 2019 TAX RETURN BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED.  SOME COUNTIES ARE DOING THEIR OWN PSAs.
  • An individual who did not file 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 may apply for a grant.
  • An applicant must meet all requirements referenced in the law, including having at least one qualifying child age 16 or younger for the 2019 calendar year, to apply for the grant by October 15, 2020. THE DEADLINE IS JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY.