What Is a Block Grant? [Updated]

A block grant is a specific type of federal financial assistance for a broadly defined function. Before getting into the nuance of block grants, it may be helpful to know what we mean by the terms “federal financial assistance” and “grant.”

Block grants are primarily awarded by the federal government to U.S. state or territory governments, although some block grants are awarded directly to local governments (e.g., Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program to cities and counties on a formula basis). The block grant recipients then implement the programs within those broadly defined functions (i.e., the purpose & parameters defined by legislation).

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Federal Grant Programs Supporting America’s Veterans and Their Families

Funding Friday iconIn this week’s #FundingFriday column, we highlight open opportunities for grant programs serving veterans and their families. Grants featured here aim to support training programs, medical research, veterans home construction, the Wounded Warrior Service Dog Program, and more.

 

1. Small Business Administration – Veteran Federal Procurement Entrepreneurship Training Program (VFPETP)

This program aims to provide procurement training and management support services to potential veteran and service-disabled veteran candidates seeking training for government contracting opportunities.

 

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What Is the Office of Management and Budget? (And How Does It Relate to Grants?)

What is blog series logoThe Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is an Executive Branch office that oversees the implementation of the President of the United States’ vision across government agencies (WhiteHouse.gov – OMB).

This relates to the grant programs implemented by federal agencies, how they are managed, their budgets, and the forms applicants complete when applying for a grant.
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What Is a Grant Forecast?

Sunny with a slight chance of competition? Cold and gloomy thanks to freezing funds?

While federal grant applicants may at times face such varying climates, the grant forecasts we refer to here are previews of potential funding opportunities that a grant-making agency plans to announce in the future.

Applicants can search for grant forecasts just as they would for funding opportunities – by using Grants.gov Search.

How to Search for Grant Forecasts

By checking “Forecasted” under Opportunity Status, searches can be tailored to turn up forecasted opportunities.

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What Is Federal Financial Assistance?

Federal financial assistance is the transfer of anything of value, most often money, from a federal agency to a non-federal entity. In the most general sense, federal financial assistance is a tool the government uses to serve public purposes as defined by Congress.

Federal financial assistance is a very broad term, and it can take on a variety of more precise forms. One of the most common forms is a grant, which we write about quite often on this blog. Continue reading What Is Federal Financial Assistance?

#FundingFriday: Federal Grants for the Great Outdoors

Funding Friday iconThis week’s #FundingFriday post highlights recent funding opportunity announcements that share an interest in protecting and promoting an enjoyment of the great outdoors. The federal agencies posting these grants are the Department of the Interior, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Commerce and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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#FundingFriday: 4 Most Viewed Grants in April

We are only one week into April, but spring has already brought a number of funding opportunities. So, which grant opportunities are everyone else looking at?

Below are the four most frequently accessed federal funding opportunities on Grants.gov so far this month. Continue reading #FundingFriday: 4 Most Viewed Grants in April

Where to Find Federal Grant Applicant Resources on University Websites (Part 2)

In Part 1 of our series, we introduced the idea of seeking out free online applicant resources from federal government agency websites. In this post, we turn our attention to resources published on university websites.

To be sure, your best bet is always to seek out resources from the federal agency that posted the grant for which you are applying. But helpful tips and guidance can also be found elsewhere. Continue reading Where to Find Federal Grant Applicant Resources on University Websites (Part 2)

#FundingFriday: Apply Soon for Federal Grants Supporting Arts Education, Cultural Diplomacy & Youth Songwriting

The following funding opportunities from federal agencies highlight an array of arts-related programs that support local humanities councils, arts education, employment, and cultural exchanges. Application deadlines are approaching for each of these five grants, so apply soon! Continue reading #FundingFriday: Apply Soon for Federal Grants Supporting Arts Education, Cultural Diplomacy & Youth Songwriting

It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired.

The legacy PDF application package will be retired on December 31, 2017.

If you don’t know what that means and missed our previous blog posts here and here, or the Grants.gov Notices page, here’s a quick summary:

In the past, applicants have downloaded and filled out a single, big, stitched PDF application package that contained all the forms (i.e., the “legacy PDF application package”). To work as a team, you had to email the file back-and-forth while making sure all are using the same exact version of Adobe software. Continue reading It’s Going Away: The Legacy PDF Application Package Will Be Retired.