About CRIS - Community Resource Information System

CRIS is a Web-enabled database resource of agency-provided descriptive information about state-administered grant programs that disburse funds to non-state entities. CRIS was originally developed in 1996 in response to legislation requiring the OSBM to compile and publish a catalog of state grant-in-aid programs. OSBM developed a user interface, both for data entry and searching. In 2004, the scope of CRIS was narrowed to state-administered grant programs that disburse funds to non-state entities (for CRIS reporting, local governments are not considered to be non-state entities). Universities are exempt fro CRIS reporting except for major financial aid programs that are funded by state appropriations.

CRIS is a database of grant programs, not individual grants. It enables local governments, small businesses, nonprofit organizations, state agencies, legislators, and citizens to locate quickly sources for government grants. It also assists the OSBM in understanding the intent, scope, and funding of grants programs and in providing oversight as required by state statute and administrative rules.

Grant descriptions in CRIS include the following information: department name, division name, section name, grant program name, grant program description, grantee eligibility, agency Web page link, state budget code/fund code, state fund amount (dollars), federal fund amount (dollars), other fund amount (dollars), report period, subject keywords, and type of assistance. CRIS captures information at a point-in-time and does not maintain historical data. Agencies may include more detailed information about the grant programs on their own Web sites and link to these specific Web pages from individual CRIS records.

State agencies administering grant programs that provide funding to non-profit groups are required to register with CRIS. For information on how to register, state agencies should send an e-mail message to cris@osbm.nc.gov.

Public access to CRIS is available through the link at http://cris.state.nc.us.