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CSBG Data T/TA Project Summaries FY 2010

State Exemplary Practices Projects Supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Published: July 5, 2012
Community Services Block Grants (CSBG)
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FY 2010
Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program
National Training for Financial Management and Administrative Governance

Office of Community Services
Administration for Children and Families

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW)




Grant Recipient

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc.
178 Tremont Street
Boston, MA  02111
Telephone: (617) 357-6915        

Project Director

Ms. Anita Lichtblau, Executive Director and General Counsel

Organizational Description

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a non-profit membership corporation.  Based in Boston, CAPLAW is managed by a board of directors composed of current and former Community Action Agency (CAA) executive directors from across the country.  CAPLAW’s mission is to provide legal education and assistance that enables Community Action Agencies to enhance their capacity to operate legally sound organizations.

Use(s) of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Program Funds

During this two-year project, CAPLAW will create a national training and technical assistance (T/TA) strategy to help Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) recipients build their fiscal, administrative, and governance capacities in order to more effectively operate their organizations and carry out their mission to bring individuals and families from poverty to self-sufficiency.  CAPLAW’s T/TA strategy will focus on four areas: 1) organizational stabilization and support for CAAs experiencing significant fiscal or organizational challenges; 2) capacity-building to ensure ongoing high quality program management among eligible entities; 3) promotion of exemplary financial management and administrative governance practices and policies; and 4) knowledge management and sustainability guidance, activities, and resources to assist CAAs.  CAPLAW will pilot a replicable Financial Leadership Program where participants will learn how to analyze their organization's financial health from the perspective of the whole entity, rather than program-by-program, and to better match their financial resources with their mission and the needs of their community.

Expected Outcomes

CAPLAW will develop an overall strategy for providing training and technical assistance to CAAs and contribute to a resource base, developed by CSBG T/TA partners, of qualified financial and administrative experts to provide intensive technical assistance.  CAPLAW will also develop a series of training sessions on fiscal and administrative governance issues, create online training materials posted on the CAPLAW website, and provide individual consultations on these issues.  CAPLAW will work closely with other CSBG T/TA providers to coordinate activities and share resources.  The Financial Leadership pilot will lead to a replicable model of a more integrated approach to financial management and planning.