The Office of Community Services (OCS) is committed to ensuring the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network can address the critical needs of people and communities with low incomes, as consistent with the purpose and allowable uses of CSBG. The purpose of this DCL is to remind CSBG state, territory and tribal lead agencies and eligible entities of flexibilities and resources available to support hurricane preparedness and response. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationVisit disclaimer page (NOAA) predicts another above-average Atlantic hurricane season (which is inclusive of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea)
This Information Memorandum highlights how Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) grantees and local eligible entities (commonly referred to as Community Action Agencies or “CAAs”) can play a vital role in strengthening and advancing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and increasing community awareness, as CAAs serve as trusted entities in communities and reach 99% of U.S. counties.
The purpose of this communication is to provide you with the apportionment of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. These awards represent the full allocation of available funding for FY 2021. Please note that the CSBG allocation amounts currently reflect a 1% reduction due to the Secretary’s authority to transfer funding to HHS’s discretionary accounts.
To provide states, territories, and tribes information regarding the flexibilities for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) awards during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, the applicability of each flexibility and, where appropriate, the Office of Community Services (OCS) adoption of these flexibilities.