New process in place for funding nonprofits in New Hanover County
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — When it comes to funding nonprofits in New Hanover County there is now a new process in place. Instead of the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners having full control a committee will be formed to vet those applying for funding.
“I can tell you out of utter frustration last cycle that there has to be a better way to do this,” New Hanover County Commissioner, Patricia Kusek said.
Kusek spearheaded the new way to handle allocating funding for nonprofits, cultural resources, and economic development agencies.
“What we want to do is structure the process so that everybody, so that it’s fairer ok? And more objective,” Kusek said.
According to the new policy economic development agencies will now have to apply through the county manager who will relay recommendations to the commissioners.
As for nonprofit organizations they will be filtered through a seven-member committee made up of people in the community. The seven people selected will have a background in cultural recreation, public safety, the judicial system, business, education, a faith-based background, and a senior citizen.
“Having a process like this, another layer, will ensure hopefully that those non-profits will get a equal chance of getting support from my county commissioners,” WRAPP founder, Daryl Dockery said.
Daryl Dockery, WRAPP’s founder, a local nonprofit that provides after school activities and help with studies for at-risk kids, said this is a step in the right direction.
“You have more opportunities where non-profits who are actually providing quality service will get a chance to have their program showcased and reviewed by experienced individuals,” Dockery said.
The new committee will be allotted a certain amount of money and get to decide where it goes. However, all seven members have to agree on the amount and organization. Then the recommendations will be sent to county commissioners for final approval.
It is a system Kusek hopes will better organize the application process and involve the community.
“That we can get our, direct our resources from our county taxpayers in the very best fashion we can to the people that need it the most so we can make the most difference,” Kusek said.
The county’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year has about 1.4 million nonprofits, economic development agencies, and cultural resources. Applications for those seeking funding are now being accepted. The applications are due January 31.
All community members are welcome to apply for a seat on the new committee. If you are interested you have until January 8 to apply. The board of commissioners will select the committee at their meeting on January 22.