Jan 20, 2014

What is 'grant' money ?

Do grants equal tax dollars from someone or somewhere? kURTje via the comments

Grant money simply means agencies or organizations competing against one another to obtain a sliver of money made available by someone else.

As far as "do grants equal tax dollars from someone or somewhere," it differs:

• In the 'yes' case: Local governments often compete with one another for taxpayer money from the state or federal government. See here, here and here for recent examples.

Many local governments — schools, townships, villages, cities, counties, park districts, health departments and others — routinely rely upon grants to subsidize their budget.

• In the 'no' case: Local foundations, often receiving money through private donations, also dole out grants. These are not taxpayer dollars. See here and here for recent examples.

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Comments

Contango

Re: "Local foundations. These are not taxpayer dollars."

Technically, since they are derived from not-for-profits and income was tax deductible, all taxpayers are subsidizing the foundation grant money.

But one more example of using the tax code for the purposes of progressive social engineering.

coasterfan

Having been a grant writer myself for a non-profit group, I can tell you that most grant money doesn't come from non-profits. Simply put, most non-profits operate on a very tight budget, and are often looking for grant money THEMSELVES, in order to keep their own shoestring operations running.

Grant money tends to come from the source common sense would indicate: rich people and private foundations, who wish to gift funding to a specific donor profile. Grants are often gifted by individuals who know that they'll get a tax break, as well as those who enjoy the good publicity they get from being philanthropists.

In most cases, it's rich people helping out people who aren't rich, and the vast majority have absolutely nothing to do with politics. I've looked at hundreds of grant applications, and not one has asked me to indicate my political preference (although the fact that I am able to speak in coherent sentences and use proper punctuation certainly makes it obvious that I'm not a teapartier).

Contango, of course, doesn't understand the above mindset, since the "rich helping the not-so-rich" is total anathema to the Republican cause. Isn't it funny that literally everything is some sort of conspiracy with him?

JMOP

"Contango, of course, doesn't understand the above mindset, since the "rich helping the not-so-rich" is total anathema to the Republican cause."

Sorry to burst your ego filled bubble Coasterfan.

Republicans give more of their money to charities, democrates give other peoples money to charity.

Us "Tea Partiers" like giving our cash away to foundations that we support.

Contango

Re: "Grants are often gifted by individuals who know that they'll get a tax break,"

"Tax break"?

Are they not subsidized?

Thank you for aiding in making my point.

Is everything that you don't agree with a Repub conspiracy with you? :)

Eph 2 8-10

Most private grantors [foundations] require the receiving organization be a not-for-profit with a 501c3 status.

kURTje

Thank you Register.