R40486 – Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies – 1/16/2014


Block Grants: Perspectives and Controversies


Author: Robert Jay Dilger, Senior Specialist in American National Government; Eugene Boyd, Analyst in Federalism and Economic Development Policy

Pages: 24

This report provides an overview of the six grant types, provides criteria for defining a block grant and uses those criteria to provide a list of current block grants, examines competing perspectives concerning the use of block grants versus other grant mechanisms to achieve national goals, provides an historical overview of the role of block grants in American federalism, and examines recent changes to existing block grants and proposals to create new ones.