Charlotte, NC – The organizers of have delivered 24,946 submitted applications for the N.C. Extra Credit Grant program to the 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 that 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.