Gooden Charities and other charities praise President Donald Trump’s new fiscal year 2018 budget plan, calling it an “endorsed and well-conceived” effort to boost federal support for good projects.
The White House released the blueprint Thursday to Congress for consideration this week.
It calls for a $15 billion increase in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Disaster Relief Fund to fund grants for local emergency preparedness and mitigation, and $6.4 billion for the National Disaster Assistance Fund, which includes $3.9 billion for disaster relief.
The Trump administration also plans to give states $3 billion to help states implement programs to increase housing assistance for low-income people.
The plan calls for $2 billion to expand and modernize the Small Business Administration’s loan program for small businesses, as well as $1.2 billion for “the Business Opportunity Tax Credit,” which would give a credit of up to $1,000 for companies to establish new businesses in the U.S.
A senior administration official said the White House’s $15.8 billion plan “includes $1 billion for good charities, $2.4 for good environemergency charities, and a $2 million grant to local nonprofits to assist them with the implementation of disaster relief.”
The administration also said $4 billion would go to the Federal Communications Commission to help provide faster, more secure communications.
The plan calls on Congress to add $200 million for this purpose, $100 million to support Internet access and $250 million for telecommunications.
The administration said it would also spend $1 million to hire more emergency response professionals and $1-million to train law enforcement officers on how to use the technology to assist with responding to disasters.
“The President’s vision for our country is a strong, prosperous and safer America, and this budget reflects that,” the White’s Office of Management and Budget said in a statement.
“It recognizes that the American people need help rebuilding our nation, and is designed to meet that need.
This plan is a clear step toward that goal.”