Don’t delay: Golden LEAF SITE Program application deadline March 10 | Eastern North Carolina Now

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    The second round of applications for the Golden LEAF SITE Program are due by March 10 at noon. The Golden LEAF Board of Directors will consider SITE Program applications at the June 2022 meeting. Information and applications are available at

    Golden LEAF awarded approximately $5 million through the first round last December and reserved approximately $5 million for funding in the second round to be awarded in June.

    An informational webinar was held in January. Click here to view the webinar and slides for more information about the SITE Program.

    The SITE Program will help communities identify potential industrial sites for economic development, complete the due diligence necessary to prepare sites for industrial development, and extend public utilities to or conduct rough grading and clearing of publicly owned sites for which due diligence has been completed.

    Golden LEAF created the SITE Program with a three-phased approach:

  • SITE Program - Identification support to identify potential industrial sites in communities that do not currently have quality industrial sites to market.
  • SITE Program - Due Diligence funding to complete eligible due diligence activities such as environmental assessments, archeological analyses, and mapping.
  • SITE Program - Development funding for public infrastructure and, for publicly owned sites, clearing and rough grading, to benefit sites that have completed the due diligence necessary to demonstrate that the site is suitable for development.

    Communities will be able to begin the process at any of the three phases, and a site may progress from identification through to development over time.

    For more information, visit
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