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Posted on: April 7, 2020

City Response Fund Allocation To Have Oversight

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Office of the Mayor
April 7, 2020

In response to recent concerns cited by citizens and members of the City Council, Mayor Allen Joines noted that no city money has been allocated yet by the COVID-19 Response Fund for Forsyth County and that the city will exercise oversight in how its contribution is disbursed to the community.

The City Council approved Monday night the city’s $1 million contribution to the response fund, announced last month. The fund is being administered by the United Way and the Winston-Salem Foundation. The money in the fund is being distributed through the existing network of local agencies to assist those disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the economic consequences of the outbreak.

In total the fund has raised more than $3.3 million. Fund administrators announced Monday an inaugural round of grants totaling $1.06 million to 15 local agencies. However, none of that came from city money, which had not been sent to the fund pending council approval.

"As we do with all city support for private agencies," Joines said, "we will ensure a transparent process with citizen input on how that money is allocated." 

Cindy Gordineer, the president and CEO of the United Way of Forsyth County, confirmed that the grants announced Monday came entirely from funds contributed privately. "We are only spending as we have actual dollars," she said. "None of the city’s funds have been spent; none of the money will be granted until the funds from the city are received."

More information about the fund is posted at COVID19Forsyth.org, including answers to frequently asked questions about the fund, its priorities and the grant-making process. 

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