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Public Finance

We think public funding should be allocated through a fair and equitable process to programs that strengthen communities. 

Public Finance Grants


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City and state governments are being asked to tackle complex social and financial issues in their communities, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution to most problems. Some lawmakers need guidance about how to improve tax policies, others are looking for effective ways to diversify their economy, and many need help revamping public services.

When a government needs help addressing a problem, we offer resources to find sustainable, equitable solutions based on research. This includes providing grants that help organizations evaluate the effects of tax and budgeting policies, funding to support turnaround plans for economically distressed communities, and a multimillion-dollar initiative that pairs social scientists and data analysts with state agencies to improve programs and policies. 

Amount of state spending in 2018
Projected federal revenue in FY 2019 Source
Number of states that are unprepared for a recession
Number of states that cut spending in 2018


Arnold Ventures funds projects to understand problems and identify policy solutions.

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