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The Omnibus Budget Boost for Some Grants

by eCivis on April 23, 2018

the-capitol-in-a-post-about-consolidated-appropriations-act-2018It has been a bumpy road since President Trump announced his “skinny” budget for FY 2018 last April. After several continuing resolutions and one brief shutdown, organizations depending on federal grants breathed a collective sigh of relief with the presidential signing of the Consolidated Appropriations Act on March 23. This act will fund the government through September 30, 2018. The 10 percent across-the-board budget cuts did not come to pass. Many critical programs that had been slated for elimination in the White House proposal not only remained intact but also saw an increase in funding over the previous year. There are 2,232 pages to this legislation, so we can't bring you all the details; however, here are at least a few of the federal programs that we have featured over the years and how they fared in the current funding cycle.

Native American Programs

Senator Tom Udall, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, points out there has been a 7% increase for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a 10% increase for Indian Health Service. He has a list on his website of funding amounts for selected Native American programs, including:

  • $914.4 million for Indian Education programs from the Department of the Interior
  • $405.5 million for Public Safety and Justice programs from BIA
  • $2 million for the Violence Against Women Act implementation
  • $3.4 million in new funding to implement the NATIVE Act to promote Tribal tourism and economic development.
  • $50 million for new Tribal set-aside in SAMHSA’s Opioid Response Grant fund
  • $5 million Tribal set-aside in SAMHSA’s Medication-Assisted Treatment for Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Program.

Federal Agencies

Housing and Urban Development - HUD was a major area of concern, especially Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which are so critical to local governments and nonprofits. As it turns out, HUD will receive $42.7 billion, which is $3.9 billion over last year. Here are the allotments for select HUD programs:

  • $3.3 billion for Community Development Block Grants
  • $150 million for Choice Neighborhoods
  • $230 million for Healthy Homes & Lead Hazards Program

Department of Agriculture - Rural Development programs sponsored through the USDA also fared well. There is even $600 million allocated for a new pilot rural broadband infrastructure program. Other department allotments include:

  • $30 million for the existing Rural Utility Service Broadband program
  • $45 million for Rural Cooperative Development Grants
  • $1.25 billion for the Rural Utility Service - Water and Waste Disposal Program

The Environmental Protection Agency

  • $1.693 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
  • $80 million for Brownfields
  • $1.154 billion for Superfund

The Department of Justice - The DOJ will receive a 15 percent increase for state and local law enforcement programs, including:

  • $415.5 million for the Edward Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
  • $275 million for COPS Hiring Program
  • $75 million for Drug Courts

The Department of Transportation - The DOT will receive an additional $8.7 billion over FY 2017 levels, with:

  • $1.5 billion for BUILD (Replacing TIGER)
  • $1.9 billion for Amtrak
  • $18 billion for Aviation, including Essential Air Service

The Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • $700 million Assistance to Firefighter Grants
  • $249 million Pre-Disaster Mitigation Fund (an increase of $149 million)
  • $262 million Flood Hazard Mapping & Risk Analysis Program

Arts and Culture

  • The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities will receive almost $153 million each—a $3 million bump for each over last year.
  • $445 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including $20 million for upgrading the public broadcasting interconnection system.
  • $240 million for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is $9 million more than last year. The IMLS has provided a further breakdown of numbers toward individual programs.

Further Resources

Chances are, there are other programs you would like to know the status of. Here are some additional places to go for information:

  • The National League of Cities has a Federal Budget Tracker that includes many popular programs, what they received last year, what the President's proposal allocated to them, and what their final allocations were in the FY 2018 omnibus bill.
  • Indianz.com has an article on what this legislation means to Indian Country with additional specifics by region and individual programs.
  • For those who want to go to the original source, a PDF copy with the entire 2,232 pages of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2018 is housed here

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