block grant

noun

Definition of block grant

: an unrestricted grant made by the U.S. federal government to state and local governments to be used at their discretion to pay especially for social services that were formerly paid for through specific federal programs

Examples of block grant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Homes would be upgraded though block grant programs, extending and expanding home and commercial efficiency tax credits and through the Weatherization Assistance Program. Kate Sullivan, CNN, 21 May 2021 Homes would be upgraded though block grant programs, extending and expanding home and commercial efficiency tax credits and through the Weatherization Assistance Program. Tami Luhby, Katie Lobosco And Kate Sullivan, CNN, 21 Apr. 2021 Tennessee's block grant approval under former President Donald Trump may not survive President Joe Biden, who has the power to rescind the waiver. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 18 Apr. 2021 Tennessee became the first state to receive federal approval for its Medicaid block grant program in January. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, 18 Apr. 2021 McGrady said that the city was looking into fixing it and that block grant money could be used there, subject to the council’s decision. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 1 Apr. 2021 The island is still a territory of Denmark, which helms the country’s defense and foreign affairs portfolio, in return for an annual block grant of roughly 3.9 billion Danish kroner, equivalent to $575 million, to help fund basic services. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, 7 Apr. 2021 The block grant can also be used to eliminate slum and blight in the city, Grover said, but the council has yet to decide how the money will be spent. James Whitlow, baltimoresun.com, 1 Apr. 2021 Program is available to households falling within 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines and is fully funded by a federal block grant offered through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of block grant

1966, in the meaning defined above

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30 May 2021

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“Block grant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/block%20grant. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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block grant

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Legal Definition of block grant

: an unrestricted federal grant

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