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Block Grant

A large amount of money that a national government gives to a regional government with only general parameters on how it should be spent. For example, the national government may fund a province's medical program, but leave the specifics to the province's own government.
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I was proud to join my Urban Caucus Co-Chair, Congressman Chaka Fattah, to author this resolution and highlight the success of the Community Development Block Grant program," said Congressman Mike Turner .
Before HUD resumes block grant funding to Worcester, city officials and those who apply for and implement these grants must demonstrate, publicly and persuasively, that proper oversight and review procedures are in place.
said he did not know how a food stamp block grant proposal would be received in the House.
The state government, meanwhile, has objected to the block grant idea.
These demonstration projects would be similar to the ones in the Bush Administration's budget proposal where funding is included for demonstration projects to block grant Head Start to a handful of states.
As for the claim that block grants will generate program efficiencies substantial enough to offset the possibility of cuts, this seems wildly optimistic.
Gamkhar acknowledges that the conversion to block grants often is accompanied by a reduction in funds.
In March, Bush's proposal of $153 billion to provide block grants to states to aid low-income seniors met with opposition in Congress.
Block grants are designed to give a state more flexibility to determine which education needs are greater (and thus deserving of more money).
said she strongly opposed block grants, and that state agencies have told her they did not want the money.
True, doing away with entitlements has budgetary advantages for government, but in all the debate over block grants there has been a troubling factor: elderly population growth is not being acknowledged.
The bipartisan National Governor's Association proposal on welfare reform would do away with the federal guarantee of support for poor families, and would provide money for public assistance to states in the form of block grants.