City council discusses revising how to fund nonprofits

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville City Council discussed how to change the process of budget funding for nonprofit organizations at Monday’s meeting.

One of the main revisions recommended was to change the group name that currently oversees how to budget nonprofit funding, from the “Agency Budget Review Team” to “City/Nonprofit Partnership Funding.”

Another major change recommended was to prioritize funding nonprofits that follow the priorities that the University of Virginia Community Working Group have already established. Those priorities include jobs and wages, affordable housing, public health care, and education.

Kaki Dimock, director of the Department of Human Services who presented the revisions to the council, said that following the UVA working group’s priorities can lead to collaboration.

"Their working group has done a lot of the same data searches and best practice research that we were advising that our group do,” said Dimock. “And so this makes good sense that we take advantage of the work they've already done and also try to partner with UVA in terms of trying to leverage our impact to the greater good."

A set amount of funds has been asked to be put aside for nonprofits focused on arts and culture instead of the four priorities.

Other changes included establishing a “measurements and solutions” workgroup that will identify ways to uphold the four priorities identified by the UVA working group, inviting nonprofits to apply for grants under $10,000 for building organizational capacity, and create a simplified application process for requests under $25,000.

Councilors asked to have more time to look over the proposed changes, and plan on giving their recommendations by the end of the week. They plan to vote at the next council meeting on June 3.

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