Councilors talk about new way to distribute nonprofit funds

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Members of the Charlottesville City Council talked about establishing a priority-setting commission that would determine how funds are distributed to local nonprofits during their meeting Monday night.

Mayor Nikuyah Walker and Councilor Heather Hill led the initiative to consider how the funding process could be improved.

The report said the commission would be charged with establishing up to five funding priorities in a formal report to council in May.

The commission will meet regularly over the beginning of the year to review local data on the demographics and needs of the community.

A couple of the councilors said they would like to see a specific plan outlined for membership and processes before they can make a decision.

"This is a significant, significant change of course that effects budgeting for lots of organizations in the community that have served our people for a long time," said Kathy Galvin, one of the city councilors. "So I want process."

Councilors will receive an update and a detailed outline of the process by their next meeting.

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