Agency Budget Review Team

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FY19 Application Process for Human Service Agencies, Arts/Cultural/Festival Programs, and Contractual Organizations.

The application will be released on August 28 and is due on October 25. Two identical orientation sessions will be held on August 30 and September 5. Contact Gretchen Ellis at 434-970-3967 or


***NEW*** UPDATE: August 29, 2017. The application is now available at:  



The Agency Budget Review Team (ABRT) is a 16 member team tasked by the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County with reviewing community agency program funding requests to the City and County governments, and with providing ratings recommendations to the Charlottesville City Manager and Albemarle County Executive, whose offices make the ultimate funding recommendations to Charlottesville City Council and the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. City staff serve as the grant managers for the ABRT process, including issuing the application, facilitating orientation and ABRT trainings, providing technical assistance to applicant agencies, organizing and staffing Team meetings, and preparing this report.

The ABRT process begins with technical assistance orientation and training for prospective applicants, generally held in late summer or early fall. Applicants are provided with special instructions, an overview of the process and any specific priority areas identified by the local governments. Applications are accepted via an online tool. The applications are reviewed and scored by the designated ABRT review team. Site visits are conducted based on the interest of the review team members. Applications are scored individually and then discussed as a team. The final scores are submitted to the city manager and county executive for consideration in their budget deliberations. The city manager and county executive submit their budget recommendations to the Charlottesville City Council and Albemarle County Board of Supervisors for final consideration and adoption. 

The city holds a series of public meetings to hear community feedback in the creation of the annual budget, including a worksession dedicated to discussion of the ABRT recommendations and final adoption. The public is specifically invited to attend this worksession. 

Click here to access the FY18 ABRT Final Report

Click here to access the FY18 Rating Sheet for Arts, Cultural and Festival programs

Click here to access the FY18 Rating Sheet for Human Services programs

Click here to access the FY17 ABRT Final Report

Click here to access the FY16 ABRT Final Report

Click here to access the FY15 ABRT Final Report

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