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, 13,449 children across the state received a free, academic pre-school experience last year.
Students need modern, up-to-date places to learn. Counties use money raised by the lottery to help build, repair, and renovate schools. Last year, counties received $100 million in lottery funds for school construction and $50 million for repair and renovation projects. These funds help meet the needs that would otherwise have to be paid for by alternative means, such as property taxes. Local officials decide the best use of the construction funds they receive.
College Scholarships and Grants
Money raised by the lottery helps make dreams of college become reality. The money provides scholarships and grants based on financial need to help students cover the costs of attending a state university or community college in North Carolina. A second way that the lottery helps make college affordable is through the UNC Need-Based Grant Program. Fill out a FAFSA for your chance at a scholarship or grant.
It takes a team to make a school work. Last year, $386 million in lottery funds were made available to support the operations of public and charter schools, including the costs of support staff such as office assistants, custodians and substitute teachers.
Needs-Based School Construction
In 2017, legislators increased funding for school construction by adopting a needs-based grant program. The program uses lottery dollars to help smaller counties with critical building needs to build new schools and renovate older ones. Last year, over $337 million of money raised by the lottery helped 30 counties meet their school construction needs.
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, counties received over $21 million to help cover the cost of school transportation. Local officials decide the best use of the funds the county receives.