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[grant-in-eyd, grahnt-]
noun, plural grants-in-aid.
  1. a subsidy furnished by a central government to a local one to help finance a public project, as the construction of a highway or school.
  2. a financial subsidy given to an individual or institution for research, educational, or cultural purposes.
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Origin of grant-in-aid

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of grant-in-aid

  • Under the grant-in-aid system missionaries are allowed full liberty in giving Christian instruction to their pupils.

    Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877

    James Kennedy

  • Towards this expense the British government gave a grant-in-aid of 800,000, and the balance was borne by the Egyptian treasury.

  • Initial deficit to be supplied by a grant-in-aid, diminishing annually and terminable in a short period, say, seven years.

  • Grant-in-aid programs will be improved and simplified as desired by many of our local administrators and our Governors.

  • It is quite certain that not the smallest odium would attach to the acceptance of a Liberal grant-in-aid.

British Dictionary definitions for grant-in-aid


noun plural grants-in-aid
  1. a sum of money granted by one government to a lower level of government or to a dependency for a programme, etc
  2. education a grant provided by the central government or local education authority to ensure consistent standards in buildings and other facilities
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