Block Grants: Definition & Examples


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Who would be most likely to prefer block grants?

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1. What is the difference between block grants and categorical grants?

2. What happened when welfare was converted from a categorical grant (AFDC) to a block grant (TANF)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz, you'll need to answer questions about different types of grants, federalism and the arguments for and against block grants.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize this quiz/worksheet combo to see what you know about the following:

  • Who might prefer block grants
  • Block grants vs. categorical grants
  • Effects of the welfare conversion from a categorical to a block grant
  • Federal government influence over local governments
  • An argument against block grants

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast categorical and block grants
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on block grants
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what happened when the welfare grant type changed and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about federalism

Additional Learning

For more details about this grant type, review the corresponding lesson called Block Grants: Definition & Examples. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Types of grants and how they work
  • The federal system
  • Examples of block grants from 2013
  • Grants for low-income and needy families
  • Support for and opposition to block grants