Overview: Blending and Braiding Defined

The terms blending and braiding are frequently used, often together, and generally with little definition.  However, they refer to two very different approaches to fiscal coordination. Blending funding involves co-mingling the funds into one “pot” where case managers can draw down service dollars, personnel expenses can be paid, or other program needs can be met.  In contrast, braided funding involves multiple funding streams used to pay for all of the services needed by a given population, with careful accounting of how every dollar from each funding stream is spent.