Deadline of July 1st for the NC grant application “additional credit” of $ 335
North Carolina parents with children under 17 still have time to secure a one-time payment of $ 335 from the state.
Families have until July 1 to submit an application for the Extra Credit Grant program, created by the General Assembly in 2020 using federal coronavirus relief money, if they have not already received check.
The program, championed by Republican Senate Leader Phil Berger, began distributing funds in October to help families meet the costs of distance learning and childcare during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lawmakers have chosen to extend the deadline for applying for the funds twice this year, after the state still had some $ 62 million in funds to distribute at the end of 2020, The News & Observer reported.
Families who filed state income tax returns in 2019 and lived in North Carolina for the entire year were eligible for checks for $ 335. Those who did not file a tax return were asked to apply for the funds instead.
State Auditor Beth Wood criticized this application process in an April audit, saying the state should have found a way to automatically send checks to families who haven’t done enough to file a 2019 return.
Because of the way the process was carried out, some low-income families and those in greatest need did not receive the grants, Wood found.
Going forward, Wood recommended that the state make automatic payments for similar programs using information available from other public assistance programs, such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.
The ministry says it will send the checks as soon as possible to the address listed on the 2019 state income tax return or online application.
Families can also submit a change of address request, if necessary.
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