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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Currently the Alabama MMRC gets funding through the Alabama Department of Public Health from federal block grant money, and from the Alabama section of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Anna Claire Vollers |,, "These volunteers teamed up to investigate deaths of moms in Alabama," 11 June 2019 If the vote passes, a new regional parliamentary government will be established and receive an annual block grant from national authorities. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Muslims in the Philippines Emerge From the Fog of War to Vote on Self-Rule," 18 Jan. 2019 Ivey previously awarded more than $514,000 to the sewer project through a community development block grant, and another grant totaling more than $270,000 to supply water to the plant. William Thornton |,, "Bibb County gets $1.2 million grant for Mercedes improvements," 20 June 2019 The bill provides about $900 million to Puerto Rico, which was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in 2017, for nutrition assistance and a community development block grant, both of which were key Democratic priorities. Rebecca Shabad, NBC News, "House passes $19 billion disaster relief bill," 3 June 2019 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: This $16.5 billion program provides block grants to states, territories and tribes to help them pay for cash welfare for poor families with children, among other benefits. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Border Wall Fight Overshadows Other Policy Battles in Congress," 2 Dec. 2018 Under the conservative plan, states would receive ACA money in the form of block grants to help low-income consumers buy coverage. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Conservatives Make New Push to Repeal Affordable Care Act," 19 June 2018 Florida will get a federal block grant worth $340 million to go exclusively to citrus. Jim Turner,, "Candidates pitch ways to aid Florida farmers, ranchers after natural disasters," 14 May 2018 Under the original Graham-Cassidy bill, the formula for the block grants was seen by some as disfavoring states that already expanded Medicaid coverage under Obamacare. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Conservatives Plan to Take One Last Shot at Obamacare Repeal Before Midterms," 30 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of block grant

1966, in the meaning defined above

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: an unrestricted federal grant

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