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Follow the Money

It is possible to follow a dollar all the way through state government - from its arrival in the state's bank account to when, where, and how it is spent.

Money comes into the state's bank account from many sources - the federal government, state income tax collections, fees collected for renewing a business license, and more.

Leaders of the various state agencies make requests to the Governor for money to operate programs. The Governor considers these requests, and develops a budget for how state money can best be allocated among the state agencies to maximize benefits to the citizens of the state. This recommended budget is then sent to the legislature, which considers these recommendations, and makes adjustments to them. The approved budget is created once the legislature votes and passes its budget and the Governor signs it into law.

Agencies use the money allocated to run programs, purchase goods and services, and make grants to various non-state agencies.

The Grants Train Trip

Each stop on the "Follow the Money" train allows you to follow the progress of money through the grants process. Here is a summary of the data you can find at each stop:

Agency: shows a list of all agencies that provide grant funds.
State Agency Programs by Agency: shows the State Agency Program name and the amount distributed to non-profit organizations through the program.
Report: CRIS program information, including program title, agency, web address, description of the program, who is eligible to receive grants, fund information, how much money is awarded and where the money comes from (state/federal) other information, funding year, and keywords and assistance information.
Grants awarded under the State Agency Program: shows which organizations received grants under the specific program.
Report: Grant Summary information, including the grant ID, grantee name, award date, counties of service, the award amount, and disbursement amount.
Grantees receiving this Grant: shows the grantee name, contact name, contact address, award date, award amount, disbursements by date and amount for all grantees.
Report: grant ID, the grantee name, the award date, the counties of service, the award amount, and disbursement amount for each award.

Specific stops can be reached directly by using the dropdowns that appear at the top of each train trip page. You may also search for information by using the available options in the Search box found on the left.

You can follow this process for both contracts and grants using NC OpenBook.