Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.

Grants Are Available to: CSBG funding supports projects that:
  • 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
  • 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
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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. To find CSBG-funded Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in your area, please click on the link Find Your CAA.


The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) does not provide direct grants to individuals; CSBG does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you a CSBG grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.

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Division of Community Assistance
Office of Community Services

CSBG Announcement: Drawdown Activity Disclosure COSR20 and CARES

These tables (PDF) include all Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) funds awarded to all states and territories for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020. Please note that the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are considered states for the purposes of the CSBG Act and are reported herein accordingly. These tables are for regular CSBG issued throughout the 2020 FFY and the CARES Act CSBG issued in May 2020. Some states were not issued their full allotment of CSBG CARES Act funds in 2020 due to exceeding a maximum allotment threshold. For additional information, please refer to this CSBG Dear Colleague Letter published July 8, 2020.

The amount drawn reported as of December 8, 2020 is the amount that each grantee has drawn from the Payment Management System (PMS) and may not fully represent CSBG expenditures to date. As 90% of funds awarded to states are provided to a network of eligible entities, there is typically a lag time between the actual expenditure of CSBG funds and the draw from PMS which typically is between 30 and 60 days depending on the state processes.

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Grantee Toolkits 

CSBG has created grantee toolkits that include all subject-relevant content for CSBG CARES Act and Disaster Relief Supplemental funds. These toolkits highlight information pertinent to funding, reporting, monitoring, and guidance.


CSBG Webinars

CSBG has posted materials from previously presented webinars on topics ranging from Annual Reporting, Minimum and Maximum Allotment Issues, and OLDC Smartform Tips and Tricks. 


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