US Government Grants Funding  

The US Government funds many projects and programs, see what's available for you.

The United States government allocates an ever increasing amount of money to government grants every year. In constant 2000 dollars, total us grant funding increased from $172.1 billion in 1990 to over $363.0 billion in 2003. This represents an average increase of grant funding of 5.9 percent per year.

Grant funding from the United States Federal government has a long history, beginning with the Morrill Act of 1862, which established land grant colleges and standards for States receiving them.

Over the decades, increasing amounts of federal financial aid was made available to a number of sectors, including public health, agriculture, and highways.

It was during and shortly after the Depression that the U S government extended its financing to cover a variety of social welfare and income security needs. However, it was after World War II that the Federal government's grant programs became a significant part of government expenditures.

In the past several decades, U S Federal government grant spending has exploded, and continues to represent an increasing amount of dollars allocated in the budget even in recent years. By 1970, massive increases in spending were witnessed in areas including education, employment, social
services, training, and health. At this time, health grants were largely in the form of Medicaid  payments. During the 1970s, new U S grants were directed at the environment, largely in the form  of sewage plant construction, natural resources, and regional development.

Steady growth in us grant funding has continued since the 1970s. Major funding increases include  health (and Medicaid), and income security. Recently, functions with the most government grant  funding include health, income security, employment, education, training, transportation and social services. These functions combined represented more than 90% ($352.9 billion) of us government grant funding in 2003.

US government grant funding falls into two categories. Grant programs can be classified as  mandatory or discretionary.

Grants that fall into the classification mandatory are those authorized through legislation passed by the Federal government. Funding levels for mandatory grant programs can be changed only by adjusting benefit formulas that are established by law or eligibility requirements. Mandatory grant programs accounted for $222.2 billion in 2003. The three biggest mandatory grant programs  operated by the US federal government are Medicaid ($160.8 billion in 2003), the Temporary  Assistance for Needy Families program ($19.4 billion in 2003), and Child Nutrition Programs ($10.7  billion dollars in 2003).

The funding allocated by the US government for discretionary grant programs is determined  annually. In 2003, discretionary grant funding totaled $165.1 billion. The US government typically targets discretionary grant funding at different initiatives important at that time. An example of an increase in discretionary funding in recent years is that allocated through the Department of National Defense to various programs designed to assist in the area of homeland security.

The US government grant process is a highly complex web of spending allocations at the Federal,  State, and local levels of government. Understanding this web can be confusing for the average  individual, which is why the Able Government Grant Resource has been created.

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