Greensboro creates new community board to vet nonprofit funding requests

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — This budget season, community groups and nonprofits looking for city funding will go through a new — and, city officials hope, better — process.

The city is creating a Community Partners Board to vet funding requests. The board, made up of city residents appointed by the Greensboro City Council, will make recommendations to City Manager Jim Westmoreland during the budget process. The council will have the final vote on which groups get financial support.

The city spent nearly $1.5 million funding what it calls “outside agencies” in the 2014-2015 budget. The groups were as diverse as the Greensboro Children’s Museum, Downtown Greensboro Inc., Triad Stage and The Greensboro Partnership.

Larry Davis, the city’s director of budget and evaluation, said a group of representatives from various city departments currently vet requests for funding. But ultimately, he said, the groups end up going directly to the City Council, which spends a lot of the budget season fielding pleas for funding.

Read more: Greensboro News & Record