Fiscal Year 2020 Total
In Fiscal Year 2020, education programs in Buncombe County received $11,163,148 in lottery funds. Elected officials in the state legislature decide how to best use the money provided to the state by the lottery each year.
Being ready to learn helps kids get the most out of school. The N.C. Pre-K program serves four-year-old children who are at risk of falling behind their peers as they prepare for kindergarten. Thanks to lottery funds, 195 children in Buncombe County were provided a free, academic pre-school experience last year.
Lottery funds help college students get learning that lasts a lifetime. Lottery funds provide scholarships based on financial need to help students cover the costs of attending a state university or community college in North Carolina. Last year, 499 students in Buncombe County received scholarships.
A second way that the lottery helps make college affordable is through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. The money supports grants to help students cover the costs of attending a state university within the UNC system. Last year, 1062 Buncombe County students received grants.
It takes a team to make schools work. Lottery funds helped support the operations of public and charter schools, including the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.
Just like students need a place to learn, they also need a safe way to get to school. Money raised by the lottery helps cover costs for school-provided transportation, like bus drivers’ salaries, fuel, and other related costs. Last year, Buncombe County received over $347,908 to help cover the cost of school transportation. Local officials decide the best use of the funds the county receives.
Students need places to learn. School systems can use lottery funds to help build and repair schools. This helps meet needs that otherwise would have to be paid for by other means such as property taxes. Local officials decide the best use of the construction funds the county receives.