About Community Services Block Grants

CSBG LogoThe Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. These grants are available to:

  • States
  • The District of Columbia
  • The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. Territories
  • Federally and state-recognized Indian Tribes and tribal organizations
  • Community Action Agencies
  • Migrant and seasonal farm workers' agencies
  • Other organizations specifically designated by the states

CSBG funding supports projects that:

  • Lessen poverty in communities
  • Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly
  • Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health

In addition, discretionary grants are available at the statewide or local level, or for associations with demonstrated expertise in addressing the needs of low-income families, such as Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

 With the support of CSBG funding, states and CAAs work together to achieve the following goals for low-income individuals:

  • Increased self-sufficiency
  • Improved living conditions
  • Ownership of and pride in their communities
  • Strong family and support systems

Working together, agencies increase their capacity to achieve results. Partnerships among supporters and providers of services play a large role in the successful implementation of CSBG grants.

Contact

Division of State Assistance
Office of Community Services
CSBG Staff by Region
csbg@acf.hhs.gov

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