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Notes from Dover - June 23, 2015

Posted By John Baker, Wednesday, June 24, 2015

As you most likely know, Grant-In-Aid (GIA) is a funding source that has developed as a mechanism for the legislature to fund critical programs in Delaware.  Of the $45.5 million total:

  • $22.6 million goes to “Government Units & Senior Centers”
  • $16.5 million goes to “One-Times and Community Agencies” – Nonprofits / Charities
  • $5.9 million goes to Fire Companies

The DEFAC reports in March, April and May did not improve the revenue projections dramatically and the State has been left with an approximate $85 million gap to fill, and the JFC is charged with delivering a balanced budget to the General Assembly.  They have made various cuts and reduced the gap to $66 million.  When the June 15 DEFAC report came in with a projected increase in revenue of $33 million, JFC was left with approximately $30 million to cut.

As of earlier this week, we learned that $2 million of that cut is slated to come out of GIA.  I’ve also heard that “pass-throughs” in certain department budgets may see a 5% cut, while GIA cuts will be more “surgical” and not “across the board”…we’ll see on Tuesday, June 30th.

Our goal as a nonprofit sector over the past months, and more broadly over the years, has been to communicate the value of the partnership between government and nonprofits in delivering high quality, cost-effective services to all Delawareans.  We believe that our elected officials have heard our message and value our partnership, but it doesn’t hurt to keep that message flowing.

In these last days of the General Assembly’s and Joint Finance Committee’s meetings, please continue to express your support of the nonprofits that you are passionate about, work for, volunteer with, and fund with your personal contributions.  Here is a link to contact information to voice your support for the Nonprofit Sector and the great work of those you support:   

For more background and JFC contact information check out my blog post from last week HERE.

Thank you for all you do, and you know how to reach me.

-John

Tags:  charities  DEFAC  Delaware  Grant-in-Aid  Joint Finance Committee  nonprofits 

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