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Published: May 29, 2009
Community Services Block Grants (CSBG)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Q & As

Projects that focus on complex financial transactions may be subject to additional State or Federal review or monitoring to assure availability of appropriate financial expertise, monitoring capacity, internal controls, and risk management.  


Employment Programs  -- Examples of these services may include:

  • Support for job retention, including counseling, training, and supportive services, such as transportation, child care, and the purchase of uniforms or work clothing;
  • Skills training, job application assistance, resume writing, and job placement;
  • On-the-job training and opportunities for work;
  • Job development, including finding employers willing to recruit through the agency, facilitating interviews, creating job banks, and providing counseling to employees, and developing new employment opportunities in the community;
  • Vocational training for high school students and the creation of internships and summer jobs; and/or
  • Other specialized adult employment training.

Education Programs Examples of these services may include:

  • Adult education, including courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) and General Education Development (GED) preparation with flexible scheduling for working students;
  • Child care classes, providing both child development instruction and support for working parents or home child care providers;
  • Alternative opportunities for school dropouts and those at risk of dropping out;
  • Scholarships for college or technical school;
  • Guidance about adult education opportunities in the community;
  • Programs to enhance academic achievement of students in grades K–12, while combating drug or alcohol use and preventing violence; and/or
  • Computer-based courses to help train participants for the modern-day workforce.

Income Management Programs -- Examples of these services may include:

  • Development of household assets, including savings;
  • Assistance with budgeting techniques;
  • Consumer credit counseling;
  • Business development support;
  • Homeownership assistance;
  • Energy conservation and energy consumer education programs, including weatherization;
  • Tax counseling and tax preparation assistance; and/or
  • Assistance for the elderly with claims for medical and other benefits.

Housing Programs Examples of these services may include:

  • Homeownership counseling and loan assistance;
  • Counseling and advocacy about landlord/tenant relations and fair housing concerns;
  • Assistance in locating affordable housing and applying for rent subsidies and other housing assistance;
  • Transitional shelters and services for the homeless;
  • Support for management of group homes; and/or
  • Rural housing and infrastructure development.

Emergency Services ProgramsExamples of these services may include:

  • Emergency temporary housing;
  • Projects to obtain rental or mortgage assistance and provide intervention with landlords;
  • Projects to obtain emergency assistance through loans, grants, or other means to meet immediate and urgent family and individual needs;
  • Energy crisis assistance and utility shut-off prevention;
  • Emergency food, clothing, and furniture;
  • Crisis intervention in response to child or spousal abuse;
  • Emergency heating system repair;
  • Crisis intervention telephone hotlines;
  • Linkages with other services and organizations to assemble a combination of short-term resources and longer-term support; and/or

Nutrition Programs  Examples of these services may include::

  • Organizing and operating food banks;
  • Assisting food banks of faith-based and civic organization partners with food supplies and/or management support;
  • Counseling regarding family and children’s nutrition and food preparation;
  • Preparing and delivering meals, especially to the homebound elderly;
  • Providing meals in group settings; and/or
  • Initiating self-help projects, such as community gardens, community canneries, and food buying groups.

Linkages –  Examples of linkage initiatives may include:

  • Coordination among programs, facilities, and shared resources through information systems, communications systems, and shared procedures;
  • Community needs assessments, followed by community planning, organization, and advocacy to meet these needs;
  • Creation of coalitions for community changes, such as reducing crime or partnering businesses with low-income neighborhoods in order to plan long-term development;
  • Efforts to establish links between resources, such as transportation and medical care and programs that bring services to the participants, such as mobile clinics or recreational programs, and management of continuum-of-care initiatives; and/or
  • The removal of barriers, such as transportation problems, that hinder low-income individuals’ abilities to access their jobs or other necessary activities.

Self-Sufficiency Programs Examples of these services may include:

  • An assessment of the issues facing a family or family members and the resources to address these issues;
  • A written plan for becoming more financially independent and self-supporting; and/or
  • Services that are selected to help the participant implement sufficiency plans (i.e. clothing, bus passes, emergency food assistance, career counseling, family guidance counseling, referrals to the Social Security Administration for disability benefits, assistance with locating possible jobs, assistance in finding long-term housing, etc.).

Health Programs Examples of these services may include::

  • Recruitment of volunteer medical personnel to assist uninsured low-income families;
  • Prenatal care, maternal health, and infant health screening;
  • Assistance with pharmaceutical donation programs;
  • Immunization;
  • Periodic screening for serious health problems, such as tuberculosis, breast cancer, HIV infection, and mental health disorders;
  • Health screening of all children;
  • Treatment for substance abuse;
  • Other health services, including dental care, health insurance advocacy, CPR training, and education about wellness, obesity, and First Aid; and/or
  • Transportation to health care facilities and medical appointments.

Programs for Youth and Seniors Services noted under these categories may be targeted exclusively to children and youth from ages six to 17 or persons over 55 years of age.

Youth programs supported include:

  • Recreational facilities and programs;
  • Educational services;
  • Health services and prevention of risky behavior;
  • Delinquency prevention; and/or
  • Employment and mentoring projects.
  • Seniors’ programs help seniors to avoid or ameliorate illness or incapacity; address absence of a caretaker or relative; prevent abuse and neglect; and promote wellness.  Services supported may include:
  • Home-based services, including household or personal care activities that improve or maintain well-being;
  • Assistance in locating or obtaining alternative living arrangements;
  • In-home emergency services or day care;
  • Group meals and recreational activities;
  • Special arrangements for transportation and coordination with other resources;
  • Case management and family support coordination; and/or
  • Home delivery of meals to ensure adequate nutrition.