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Community Services Block Grant

  • Listed: February 4, 2019 6:25 pm
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Program Description

The goal of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient.

The Community Services Block Grant is designed to help low-income individuals and families: secure and retain meaningful employment; attain an adequate education; improve the use of available income, obtain adequate housing, obtain emergency assistance, including health and nutrition services; remove obstacles which block the achievement of self-sufficiency; and achieve greater participation in the affairs of the community.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides Community Services Block Grant funds to the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and to Federally-recognized Tribes, State-recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations acting on behalf of eligible Tribes.

Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must characterize your financial situation as either low income, or as very low income.

Application Process

To apply for benefits, vist the CSBG Contact Info page to find your state CSBG Program Official or state CSBG Program Contact.

Contact Information

For more contact information, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Community Assistance’s Staff Assignments by Region page.

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number 93.569
Current Method of Tribal Eligibility Program not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Can the funding from the program be renewed No
Funding Type Formula Grant
Entities Eligible for Grant Assistance Federally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds Required No
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate) In fiscal year 2015, 15.9 million people and close to 6.9 million low-income families received CSBG services. Of the families served, 2.3 million were elderly, 2.0 million had disabilities and 4.4 million were children.
Length of Program Until funding runs out.
Recurring Base Funding for Tribes No
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program? No
Tribes Funded by this Program Sixty-four Tribes and Tribal organizations receive direct Community Services Block Grant funds.


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