Community Service Grant Funding
allows County officials to provide some funds for local nonprofit agencies whose missions fit the County's identified needs. The County's interest is in the following target areas:
- Improve the high school graduation rate
- Train and place unemployed workers
- Prevent health risks and disease
- Promote financial self-sufficiency
Of the 34 applications submitted by the March 8, 2013, deadline for funding consideration, 30 met the minimum requirements, Tiffany Waddell said. She is a management analyst for the County's Office of Management and Budget, and is lead for the Community Service Grants process for Fiscal Year 2014.
On April 10, 2013, a review panel discussed and ranked applications. The panel's recommendation will be presented to the County Executive Team -- County Manager Harry Jones and the three General Managers: Bobbie Shields, John McGillicuddy and Michelle Lancaster-Sandlin.
Jones will decide what to include for Community Service Grants in his Recommended Budget. He plans to share that Recommended Budget on May 21, 2013, at a regular meeting of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
The Board has ultimate approval for a budget that will fund County programs and services from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The Board is expected to adopt a budget on June 18, 2013.
A total of $3,066,116 in Community Service Grant Funding is included in the current year's adopted budget. Last year the County received 40 applications and 36 met the minimum requirements for funding consideration, Waddell said. Of that number, 15 were awarded grants in the range of $15,500 to $813,000, according to the Mecklenburg County Adopted Budget