Town Awards $446,500 to Nonprofit Organizations to Address Community Needs
The Town of Chapel Hill’s budget includes $446,500 to support 42 nonprofit organizations that provide vital community programs and services. The 2020 fiscal year funding cycle was exceptionally competitive, with the Town receiving a record $1.3 million in requests from nonprofit organizations.
The Town’s Human Services Program’s overarching goal is to achieve economic and social well-being and opportunities to thrive for all Chapel Hill residents, particularly those who are low-income or otherwise disenfranchised. The program funds programs that improve education, livelihood security, and health outcomes for Chapel Hill residents.
New this year, the Town awarded two Community Impact Awards for large awards between $30,000 and 50,000 for particularly impactful programs and projects that demonstrate an evidence based approach and scale of impact.
Inter-Faith Council (IFC) and the Compass Center received Community Impact Awards this year. IFC will use its $36,000 funding award to support their residential services programs for community members experiencing homelessness.
“IFC celebrates this year’s Community Impact Award, which is an important investment toward making Chapel Hill a place where all are welcome and able to thrive,” said IFC Executive Director Jackie Jenks. “With the Town’s partnership, our 7,000 members, volunteers, staff and supporters will continue to work together daily to meet everyone’s basic needs for affordable housing, healthy food, and meaningful social connection.”
The Compass Center will use its $31,800 award to support and enhance their community education, domestic violence and self-sufficiency services.
Compass Center Executive Director Cordelia Heaney says of their award, “Compass Center is thrilled to be the recipient of a Community Impact Award this year, and grateful for the essential support this grant provides for the 6,500 community members who annually use our community education, domestic violence, and self-sufficiency services.”
The Human Services Program was established in the 1970s and has supported hundreds of community programs and services. In total, over the past almost 50 years, the Town has invested more than $7 million in the Human Services Program. Last year, more than 50 agencies were funded, and more than 32,000 individuals were served through funded programs and services.
In 2018, the Town Council adopted a new Results Framework for the Human Services Program. Adoption of the Results Framework reflects the Town's interest in further focusing the Human Services Program on results and deepening the program's impact to address the community's greatest challenges.