Agency Budget Review Team

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The Agency Budget Review Team (A.B.R.T. or ABRT) was established in 1991 to create an objective process for reviewing nonprofit applications for local government funding for Albemarle County and Charlottesville. Charlottesville Council stopped participating beginning with the development of the FY2020 budget in favor of their own process known as the Vibrant Community Fund. [1]

When the joint process was utilized, the ABRT comprised of a sixteen (16) member team tasked by the Charlottesville and Albemarle to review community agency program funding requests to the City and County governments. They provided 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 during the development of budgets each year.

The Agency Budget Review Team (ABRT) reviewed applications for funding from community organizations and then recommended funding levels to both communities. When the City Council reviewed the recommended annual budget, they would hold a public work session on whether to follow the ABRT’s recommendations.

Funding decisions are ultimately up to the Charlottesville City Council and the county Board of Supervisors.


  • July 19, 2012 – Charlottesville City Council asked staff at a budget work session to provide recommendations and a policy to review requests from outside and nonprofit agencies that are made outside the regular budget review process. [citation needed]
  • January 20, 2018 – Councilor Kathy Galvin askes that City Council revise some aspects of that approved policy. Under discussion were the two processes in place for funding various nonprofit and outside agencies each fiscal year: [citation needed]
    • The Albemarle Office of Budget and Performance Management had a parallel process that provides recommendations each year on those agencies who have a formal agreement, memorandum of understanding or contractual arrangements to provide services in various capacities on behalf of the City.
    • As noted in the council discussion, both processes use an extensive application and review process that takes months to complete to include in the proposed budget each March. After the annual budget has been adopted, and during the fiscal year, City Council will occasionally receive requests from nonprofit and outside agencies to fund initiatives, programs and events. Having not gone through the normal budget process, these requests must have a formal review process in place to ensure that the request is valid and the funds will be used in the best interest of the citizens of Charlottesville. The council expressed that the intent of the revised policy was to help guide Council and City staff in determining which requests should be funded outside the budget process. [2][dead link]
  • July 2018 – City Council reportedly votes to begin a 10-month review process of the Agency Budget Review Team (ABRT) process. [citation needed]
  • August 8, 2018 – Albemarle Supervisors vote to decline to not participate partake in a review of ABRT process [3]

Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 ABRT Team Members

  1. Pete Armetta
  2. Kendall Bills
  3. Elizabeth Breeden
  4. Kaki Dimock
  5. Kristen Fisher
  6. John Freeman
  7. Holly Hatcher
  8. Brian Hunt
  9. Barbara Hutchinson
  10. Kirby Hutto
  11. Sarah McLean
  12. Heather Meixler
  13. Mike Murphy
  14. Kelli Palmer
  15. Lindsay Terrell
  16. Maurice Walker

FY2018 Staff Members

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[4] the annual Agency Budget Review Team Report, released in February.

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Former ABRT Team Members

Former ABRT Staff Members