Senators Michael Lee (R-New Hanover) and Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) issued the following statement last week regarding film grant funding in the senate budget.
“We are pleased this year’s senate budget again makes $30 million in total funding available for the film grant program. More importantly, for the first time we’ve converted $15 million of the film grant program’s budget into permanent annual funding that will bring certainty and stability to Wilmington’s film industry. We look forward to working with Representatives Davis and Grange to increase funding for the film grant program and make the program’s entire appropriation permanent in the final budget.”
Since Governor McCrory implemented North Carolina’s film grant program in 2015 the program has been funded year-to-year with one time money. The Senate budget matches previous budgets by designating $30 million for the film grant program in 2017-18. The senate budget also makes $15 million of film grant funding recurring permanent funding for the first time.