The Federal Appropriations Bill and What It Means for Nonprofits

The 2018 federal omnibus spending bill passed Congress and was signed into law on March 23, 2018.

Good news, almost: the Johnson Amendment was untouched in this bill.  The National Council of Nonprofits anticipates that further attempts to weaken or repeal the Johnson Amendment will be made, possibly as early as this summer ("Omnibus Spending Bill's Silence on 1954 Johnson Amendment an Apparent Victory for Nonprofits, Houses of Worship, and Foundations," National Council of Nonprofits March 21, 2018.)

If your organization hasn't yet signed the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship, please take a moment to do so.  Let Congress know your organization stands with nearly 5,800 charitable, religious, and philanthropic organizations in expressing strong support for maintaining the Johnson Amendment.

Funding Increases and Decreases

Funding for Food and Nutrition

  • $6.175 billion in funding for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, which is $175 million below the fiscal year 2017 level
  • An additional $1.5 billion for the child nutrition programs, including $564 million for the Summer Food Service Program
  • $74 billion in required mandatory spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), $4.5 billion below last year’s level

Funding for Social Services and Assistance

  • $28 billion in discretionary funding for Administration for Children and Families (ACF), which is $4 billion more than last year
  • Early childhood programs are slated to receive an increase of nearly $3 billion
  • Head Start would see a boost of $610 million
  • Child Care and Development Block Grant is slated to receive a $2.4 billion increase to $5.2 billion
  • $2.37 billion increase for child care development block grants, an 80 percent year-over-year increase
  • 12.5 percent in annul credit allocations for four years in the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program, and expands the income-averaging rules

Funding for Arts, Culture and Community Engagement

  • The National Endowments for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities get funded at $153 million each, $3 million more than last year
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) will receive about a 5 percent increase over last year
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will be funded at the same level as last year

Funding for Census 2020
The government conducts a census every ten years and then uses this information to determine funding to the states.  New Mexico is typically under counted, so we receive less funding than we need.  New Mexico Thrives will provide more information about preparing for the 2020 Census and how nonprofits can help while still protecting our communities.

  •   $1.34 billion funding increase for the Census Bureau to help prepare for the 2020 count

Funding for Education

  • The bill will increase the maximum Pell Grant award to $6,095, and would provide $350 million for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program that benefits employees of nonprofits and governments


Action Steps

1. Sign the Community Letter in Support of Nonpartisanship.

2. Share your organization's storyLift Your Voice to Protect Charitable Giving Incentives. The National Council of Nonprofits is collecting nonprofit stories to protect charitable giving.

3. Join New Mexico Thrives, New Mexico's state nonprofit association.  We are stronger together.


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