a consolidated grant of federal funds, formerly allocated for specific programs, that a state or local government may use at its discretion for such programs as education or urban development.
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How to use block grant in a sentence
This comes after some local governments received block grants from the CARES Act to stave off evictions.Millions of Tenants Behind on Rent, Small Landlords Struggling, Eviction Moratoriums Expiring Soon: Inside the Next Housing Crisis | Abby Vesoulis/Seattle | February 18, 2021 | Time
The plan would finance block grants so local areas could adapt the programs.How to fix what the innovation economy broke about America | Katie McLean | February 17, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The City Council later unanimously approved using $7 million in federal block grant funds to buy the building.Real Estate Debacles Loomed Large on Faulconer’s Watch | Lisa Halverstadt | December 10, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The city covered the cost with a mix of state and federal sources, and unused money from the city’s community development block grants.
Community development block grant money is a very important resource for excellent programs that serve communities.Bry Has a Different Take on Another Downtown Building Debacle | Lisa Halverstadt | October 7, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
They also want to block grant Medicaid and cut it by a third over the coming decade.
As Clinton said: They also want to block grant Medicaid and cut it by a third over the coming decade.
BP's $25-million block grant effectively blunts the $1 billion plan—nice PR for 2.5 percent of Miller's price tag.
British Dictionary definitions for block grant
(in Britain) an annual grant made by the government to a local authority to help to pay for the public services it provides, such as health, education, and housing
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Cultural definitions for block grant
A financial aid package that grants federal money to state and local governments for use in social welfare programs, such as law enforcement, community development, and health services. Block grants provide money for general areas of social welfare, rather than for specific programs. This arrangement not only reduces bureaucratic red tape (see also red tape), but also allows grant recipients more freedom to choose how to use the funds. A product of Republican administrations in the 1970s and 1980s, block grants reduce federal responsibility for social welfare. (See federalism.)
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