ORDINANCE BL2017-905

An ordinance amending Title 5 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws to establish a merit-based grant program.

WHEREAS, in communities throughout Nashville and Davidson County, nonprofit organizations provide a variety of important services and opportunities that are not currently provided by the metropolitan government or that enhance those already provided by the metropolitan government; and

WHEREAS, Section 7-3-314 of the Tennessee Code Annotated states that metropolitan forms of government may provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations in accordance with the guidelines of the metropolitan government; and

WHEREAS, Section 5.04.070 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws provides that the Council may appropriate funds for the financial aid of nonprofit organizations as part of the annual operating budget ordinance adopted by the council; and

WHEREAS, thorough evaluation of nonprofit organizations is essential to ensure that those receiving financial assistance meet and maintain accountability standards for the appropriated funds; and

WHEREAS, the Community Enhancement Fund (CEF) Grant Program was initiated in FY 2009 to meet community needs by providing funding to Nashville nonprofit organizations that adhere to minimum compliance requirements; and

WHEREAS, between 2012 and 2017, the CEF Grant Program provided over $12 million to dozens of nonprofit organizations in Nashville and Davidson County; and

WHEREAS, beginning in FY 2018, the Division of Grants Coordination within the Department of Finance will no longer manage the CEF Grant Program; and

WHEREAS, in order to ensure that nonprofit organizations receiving financial assistance meet accountability and compliance standards, it is in the best interest of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County to maintain an operating merit-based grant program.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:

Section 1. That Title 5 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws shall be and is hereby amended by inserting into Chapter 5.04 a new subsection 5.04.130 as follows:

5.04.130 – Merit-based grant program. The department of finance shall initiate and administer a merit-based grant program awarded by the Administration to Nashville nonprofit organizations. Grants shall be awarded according to compliance requirements established by the finance department.

Section 2. That this Ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Sheri Weiner, Freddie O'Connell

AMENDMENT NO. 1
TO
ORDINANCE NO. BL2017-905

 

Mr. President –

I move to amend Ordinance No. BL2017-905 as follows:

I. By amending Section 1 by deleting it in its entirety and substituting therefore the following:

Section 1. That Title 5 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws shall be and is hereby amended by inserting into Chapter 5.04 a new subsection 5.04.130 as follows:

 

5.04.130 – Merit-based grant program. Subject to the availability of funds, the Metropolitan Government The department of finance shall initiate and administer a merit-based grant program awarded by the Administration to Nashville nonprofit organizations. Grants shall be awarded according to compliance requirements established by the finance department  Metropolitan Government.

Sponsored by: Sheri Weiner

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

Introduced: September 19, 2017
Passed First Reading: September 19, 2017
Referred to: Budget & Finance Committee
Amended: October 3, 2017
Passed Second Reading: October 3, 2017
Passed Third Reading: October 17, 2017
Approved:  
By:  

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