Jim Bunch started the topic Competitive Grants pros/cons versus other methods of funding? in the forum Acquisition, Contracting, Procurement 7 years, 11 months ago
Competive Grants are now en vogue as a means of providing Federal funds to state and local agencies, etc. Does anyone know of any studies of the pros and cons of using Competive Grants versus other methods of selecting projects and regions for funding?
It seems that often there are signfiicant burdens and hoops that must be met in order to apply, win and then measure performance and then track the results of the grant dollars. In today’s world of fiscal constraints there is often a huge demand for very limited funding resulting in many more applications than can be accomodated with the available funds. For example, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation recently reported that the demand for the $527 million TIGER III program far exceeded the available funds. 828 applications totaling $14.1 billion were received (26.75 times available funds). For TIGER I & II: 2,400 applications were received, totaling $76 billion – with $2.1 billion available (36.2 times).
I’m specifically interested in any analysis of whether competitive grants increase the divide between have and have nots, or those that are technology pioneers and those that aren’t, and how they may impact the local decision making process. Do they subvert, or reinforce, existing requirements such as the Federal 3c transportation planning process?
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