Buncombe County

How NC Education Lottery Funds Benefit Buncombe County

◂ Return to Education

Fiscal Year 2020 Total

$11,163,148

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.

Prekindergarten

$1,103,613

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.

College Scholarships

$514,666

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.

Financial Aid

$202,577

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.

Non-Instructional Support

$6,950,452

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.

LEA Transportation

$347,908

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.

School Construction

$2,043,932

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.

Lottery Funds Have Supported Buncombe County for More Than a Decade

Lottery funds have made a difference in Buncombe County every year since 2006. Over time, lottery funds have been directed by legislators to support different education programs, including paying for the salaries of teachers and teacher assistants and digital learning initiatives.

Cumulative Total

$124,387,129 Summary of County Distributions FY2020

Each year, the Fiscal Research Division of the N.C. General Assembly reports how lottery funds were distributed to education programs in every county.

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