Orange County voters passed a quarter-cent sales tax in 2011 that generated additional funding for education and economic development purposes.
The program has raised a little over $2.5 million each year since its inception. About $1.25 million — or half — of the funds has been allocated to education in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
The other half of the funds is allotted to economic development projects.
Steve Brantley, director of Orange County Economic Development, said there is no set protocol for moving forward on certain projects once organizations apply for funding.
“While funds were accruing, there was no protocol, no application, no policies or any guidelines or approving authority,” Brantley said.
“This year, Orange County has been working on developing policies for review in order to go live in January 2015.”
Brantley said the economic development office is trying to increase the marketing of available agricultural, economic development and business investment grants so that more organizations will apply to receive them.