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

Examples of block grant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Darlene Johnson, Community Action’s deputy director, said the organization administers the block grant program, with the money coming from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). Steve Sadin,, 1 Dec. 2021 Using the money for a revolving loan fund – as opposed to a one-time need -- also ensures the city doesn’t run afoul of federal guidelines that dictate when and how quickly a city must spend block grant money, Wackers said. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 9 May 2022 The board held a hearing and approved the district’s spending plan for $3.9 million in Educator Effectiveness block grant funds. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Dec. 2021 The center is requesting for the state’s annual block grant to continue at $133.8 million for the next fiscal year. Christopher Keating,, 22 Feb. 2022 The federal government hasn’t increased the block grant of $16.5 billion to states since 1996, when it was first implemented. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 27 Jan. 2022 Huffman said in her email, the state has allocated $327 million this year for LIHEAP and the block grant program. Steve Sadin,, 1 Dec. 2021 The City Council originally approved $245,000 in block grant funding for the project. Steve Lord,, 24 Nov. 2021 In open session, the board reviewed the spending plans for $1.13 million from the Educator Effectiveness block grant. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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: an unrestricted federal grant

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