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:
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.