The San Diego City Council on Tuesday approved a code amendment that will streamline the application and review process for minor financial grants.
Previously, all of the city’s grant applications were reviewed by the council regardless of size or scope.
A survey conducted earlier this year showed that it can take an average of four months to docket an item for council approval, even though most applications are approved without discussion.
Tuesday’s amendment allows all grant applications below $1 million to be approved under mayoral authority after a 10-days-or-fewer evaluation by city staff.
The new policy will allow staff to more quickly apply for competitive grants with quick turnaround times, which should increase grant awards, according to Sarah Brenha, the city’s Corporate Partnerships and Development manager.
Over the last two fiscal years, 61 out of 69 grants applied for were less than $1 million, Brenha said. The city receives almost $80 million in grants annually, according to a city report.
— City News Service
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