At a recent meeting, Franklin Board of Aldermen discussed establishing a policy that would provide criteria and a priority ranking system for the grant application process for non-profits seeking funds from the town. Aldermen came to no decision on the matter.
“There is no real rigor to it,” said Town Manager Sam Greenwood of the current grant application process, in which organizations are only required to verify that they are a non-profit along with the structure of their organization in the initial grant application form issued by the town.
Instead, the Board decided in a unanimous vote that for this year, all non-profit organizations must submit any grant requests they have for the entire year to the town by Sept. 1.
Upon receiving the annual grants at the deadline, aldermen will review the applications at their Oct. 3 meeting and set priority on each packet at that time. The policy, according to Assistant Town Manager Summer Woodard, would eliminate year-round grant applications by such organizations in one fell swoop.
“I think the board should have ample time to review the applications,” said Alderman Carolyn “Sissy” Patillo at the meeting, at which time Vice Mayor Verlin Curtis suggested a fall deadline be set for the organizations.
For the following fiscal year, the grant application deadline for non-profits was set for July 1.