I think that it's great that different geographic areas that need assistance in states are given the opportunity to apply for formula grants. It seems fair that these grants require precise information. That way the distribution of money should be equitable.
But sadly, the receivers of the grants and lobbyists always try to get more than their share by promising favors to Congressmen in exchange for a bigger bite of the funds. I don't know why this is the way things often turn out.