block grant


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

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Recent Examples on the Web But a federal block grant to cover child care services is likely to run out. USA TODAY, "Park changes, social-distancing lifeguards, pear plant outbreak: News from around our 50 states," 2 June 2020 On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council is expected to take up a small-business relief proposal that would meld the $5 million from Goldman Sachs with $5 million of federal community development block grant funds. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Cities, counties, private firms step up to help small Texas businesses hurt by coronavirus," 19 Apr. 2020 Monday’s audit comes after the arrest in February of John Davis, the former director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, the agency that distributes the federal welfare block grants. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Money for Welfare Instead Funded Concerts, Lobbyists and Football Games, Audit Finds," 4 May 2020 Essential workers in Maine can receive assistance with child care through a block grant awarded the state through the federal CARES Act. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "Maine essential workers can get child care assistance funds," 23 Apr. 2020 The White House had previously recommended eliminating funding for the coverage expansions created by the law and adopting a congressional proposal that would provide block grant health funding for states to design their own programs. New York Times, "Trump to Propose $4.8 Trillion Budget With More Border Wall Funding," 9 Feb. 2020 The decision on whether Ohio were to switch to block grant funding would fall on the administration of Gov. Mike DeWine. cleveland, "Will Ohio embrace Trump’s Medicaid plan? Lawmakers’ reactions are mixed.," 30 Jan. 2020 Oklahoma voters will get to decide on a Medicaid expansion ballot initiative this year, and Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has expressed interest in a block grant. Time, "Trump Administration Unveils Plan to Offer States Medicaid Block Grant Option," 30 Jan. 2020 In 2017, Trump’s budget proposal called for block grant funding and cuts to Medicaid. Washington Post, "Tennessee unveils $7.9B block grant proposal for Medicaid," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of block grant

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Block grant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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: an unrestricted federal grant

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