Mecklenburg County staff recommends spending less on nonprofits and outside agencies in the 2009-10 budget.
At least one nonprofit may challenge its proposed budget cut.
Project HealthShare runs a free medical clinic and scored "low performing" on a county review that helps determine spending. County staff has recommended phasing out money to the organization and two others.
But group officials say they have expanded their services and made other changes since their last evaluation.
How is the county recommending whose funding to keep or cut?
Click here to see the county's nonprofit scorecard.
(Go to page 5 to see whether groups are ranked, high, moderate or low-performing.)
The county also is recommending phasing out funding for programs run by Mi Casa Su Casa, and the Community Building Initiative, Budget Director Hyong Yi told county commissioners last week. He said the groups could have funding restored in the future if the organization shows significant or dramatic improvement, or if it climbs higher on commissioners' priority list.
This is the first year the county used this evaluation process for the non-profits and other service agencies it funds, and Yi acknowledged last week the process was not perfect.
In all, county administrators are recommending about $4.29 million to 25 support programs, a decrease of about 8.5 percent from what the organizations received this past year. No money was recommended for first-time applicants. The county also will give $1.47 million to seven programs with which it has contractual obligations. - April Bethea