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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That meant council didn't have enough members to pass legislation that night, including a decision on $16 million in block grant money from the federal government. Sharon Coolidge,, "Council breaks for summer, but records show some members were already taking days off," 7 July 2019 DiCianni suggested funds to improve safety at the intersection could come from tax increment financing money or from a community development block grant. Graydon Megan,, "Elmhurst residents near York and Diversey call for traffic light," 4 June 2019 Booker’s plan uses a similar mechanism by tying more than $16 billion in federal block grant money—including Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)—to local governments reforming zoning laws that serve as barriers to building more housing units. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Where the Democratic primary candidates stand on housing," 8 July 2019 Funding for programs such as new block grants for states to implement a 2 cent tax on each milligram of an active opioid ingredient in a prescription pain pill. NBC News, "Sanders pulls in $18 million from grassroots fundraising in second quarter," 3 July 2019 Your Medicaid Administrator, Seema Verma, has urged us to be the first state to receive Medicaid dollars as a block grant. Elwood Brehmer, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy administration awards contract for study of Medicaid block grant proposal," 6 June 2019 The plan also proposes to end tribal veteran homelessness by 2025 and to invest an additional $2.5billion over ten years to fund the various Native American housing block grant programs. NBC News, "New Buttigieg plan aims to expand and strengthen unions," 26 July 2019 Investments in federal housing programs Affordable housing advocates have long lamented stagnant federal funding for rental assistance programs, public housing, and the various block grant programs that help build and preserve affordable housing. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "Where the Democratic primary candidates stand on housing," 8 July 2019 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

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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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