About

Background

To learn more about FPWA, visit our website here.

Following the 2016 election, FPWA member agencies expressed grave concern about the impact of federal fiscal policies on New York City’s social services budget and sector. Our members — many of whom have been fighting poverty on the frontlines for more than a century – rely on federal funding to provide care for older adults, children, people living with mental illness, and persons with physical disabilities. They’re stamping out hunger, offering safety and services for survivors of domestic violence, building skills and breaking down barriers for individuals locked out of the workforce, and working to support justice-involved individuals and their families.

In response, we created the FPWA Federal Funds Tracker (Federal Funds Tracker) to foster greater awareness of and engagement in the federal budget process through data, storytelling, and action.

About the Tool

The Federal Funds Tracker demystifies the federal budget by organizing federal budget data into accessible and interactive visualizations, bringing the data to life with stories of New Yorkers whose quality of life was improved by federal support, and by providing actionable information to encourage advocacy and engagement in the federal budget process, such as by defending against proposed federal budget cuts, and by supporting proposals to strengthen programs.

  • DATA1:The Federal Funds Tracker visualizes trends and monitors current federal grants that support the budgets of the City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), Department for the Aging (DFTA), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), which represented 38 percent ($2.9 billion) of the City’s total federal grants in fiscal year 2018 (FY 2018).2 The Tracker also visualizes trends for all federal grants by spending category, such as federal support for housing, transportation, and the environment.3

Additionally, by making available the data FPWA collected, organized, and analyzed over the past year – all of which is public, but only in PDF format – we hope to empower individuals and policymakers to better advocate on behalf of their communities. Download the data sets here, or visit our Tableau page to share charts on social media and embed them into your digital media.

  • STORIES: To bring these data to life, we collected personal stories from service providers to demonstrate the positive impact that federal grants have had in their communities.
  • ACTION: As federal budgets, regulations, and administrative policies are proposed, the Federal Funds Tracker provides FPWA with the infrastructure to: 1) analyze federal proposals as they are released 2) remove barriers to federal budget advocacy by making it easy for users to contact their NYC-area Member of Congress directly from the website and 3) guide advocacy campaigns to push back against cuts to critical programs and support proposals that seek to strengthen them.

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[1] See open data and methodology in appendix for additional details.

[2] The City’s fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.

[3] Additional agencies and functions will be added in the future. In addition to ACS and DYCD, DOH and DOHMH are examined in a recent report by the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs.