Since its founding in 1999, CCPS has been central to Carolina’s response and relief efforts in the aftermath of disasters in North Carolina, the nation and the world. CCPS serves as a hub for disaster relief information and other resources, including relief project grants. Here are some ways you can get involved:

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Announcing Grants to Support Disaster Recovery Projects

Over the last two years hurricanes have resulted in long-term impact on communities across North Carolina that will take years of recovery. The Carolina Center for Public Service encourages students, staff and faculty to continue exploring ways to assist in the recovery efforts.

The Carolina Center for Public Service manages a Disaster Relief Fund to support hurricane recovery efforts in North Carolina. Grants of up to $5,000 are available to enable public service efforts by UNC-Chapel Hill students, staff and faculty. For the Request for Proposals (RFP), go to the CCPS application portal. Proposals will be considered on a rolling basis.

The Center encourages the Carolina community to think creatively about how it can contribute its resources and expertise to assist in the recovery. All projects should be conducted with a community partner and address a stated need of the community. The Center encourages projects that have an academic connection.

Students and student organizations must have a faculty or staff advisor who will be asked to submit a statement of support during the application process. All proposals should be in direct response to the impact of the hurricane. Beginning April 29, 2019, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. We will review project grants quarterly at the following deadlines: May 31, August 30, December 5, and February 28. Applicants will be notified within two to three weeks of submission. For questions, contact Kate Palmer at kate.palmer@unc.edu or 919-843-6616.

Additionally, if you would like to submit an application for a disaster relief trip, the CCPS has limited funds available to support campus efforts. The grants are up to $1,000 for relief trips organized by UNC-Chapel Hill student, staff or faculty to affected areas. For more information about disaster relief trips read the “Apply for a Relief Trip Grant!” section below:

Apply for a Relief Trip Grant!

This fall’s hurricanes have had a long-term impact on North Carolina and recovery will take years. Students, staff and faculty continue to explore ways to assist in the recovery efforts. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the CCPS has limited funds available to support campus efforts. The grants are up to $1,000 for relief trips organized by UNC-Chapel Hill students, staff or faculty to affected areas.

Students and student organizations must have a faculty or staff adviser submit a statement of support for their trip as a part of the application process. All trip proposals should be in direct response to the hurricane and expressed community need. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis and can be submitted through the Carolina Center for Public Service application portal. Please contact ccps@unc.edu with questions.

Required Forms

Relief Trip Planning Resources

Previous Disaster Relief Efforts

Carolina students, faculty and staff have helped with previous disaster relief efforts over the years. Here’s a list of some of these efforts.

  • Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria Disaster Relief, August and September 2017
  • Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief, October 2016 »
  • Nepal Disaster Relief, May 2015
  • Huricane Sandy Disaster Relief, October 2012
  • Bertie County Disaster Relief
  • Hurricane Irene Disaster Relief, August 2011
  • North Carolina Tornado Disaster Relief, April 2011
  • Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief, March 2011