For the past several decades, city funding for individual nonprofits has dominated City Council discussions on the budget, but not this year.
While over 90 percent of the budget might pass with virtually no comment by councilmembers, hours would be spent discussing the proposed allocations to individual nonprofits, even though the allocations in total made up less than 1 percent of the budget.
This year, during the budget discussions of allocations to nonprofits – with several notable exceptions including Downtown Greensboro Inc (DGI), the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Piedmont Business Capital and Crime Stoppers – the individual allocations were not discussed in detail.
The individual allocations also do not appear in the budget document.
According to the Greensboro Budget and Evaluation Department, these are the allocations to nonprofit organizations for fiscal year 2021-2022.
$10,000 – Other Voices
$195,000 – DGI Ambassador Program
$600,000 – Piedmont Business Capital
$35,000 – Piedmont Film Commission
$40,000 – Greensboro Sports Foundation (NCA&T track event)
$75,000 – NC Folk Festival
$100,000 – Greensboro Chamber of Commerce (Launch Lab)
$130,000 – Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
$100,000 – Guilford County Economic Development Alliance
$75,000 – Crime Stoppers
$1,085,000 – Greensboro Science Center
$376,000 – Center City Park
$61,000 – Piedmont Triad Regional Council
$120,000 – Greensboro Housing Authority
$16,400 – NC Metropolitan Coalition
$250,000 – International Civil Rights Center and Museum
$100,000 – For cultural arts partners through grant process
$64,075 – Housing Coalition Hotline
$30,000 – Housing Coalition Operations
$125,000 – Interactive Resource Center
$20,000 – White Flag Winter Shelter
$300,000 – Homeless Prevention (various agencies via Request for Proposal)
$120,000 – Arts Greensboro (to support community performing arts)
DGI also receives $1,161,125 in downtown Business Improvement District funds. This revenue is from an additional 8 cents in property tax paid by downtown property owners that can only be used to support economic development in the central business district. DGI was the only bidder on this contract.
While the allocation of $125,000 to the Interactive Resource Center, which is run by Councilmember Michelle Kennedy, is listed, the allocation to One Step Further of about $400,000 for the Cure Violence program run by Councilmember Yvonne Johnson is noticeably absent from this list.