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This guidance provides updates on two topics related to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG):

  1. First quarter funding, and
  2. The extended authority for States to revise the income limit from 125 to 200 percent FPL.

The purpose of this message is to provide the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network an update on the status of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 CSBG Annual Reports. As of August 25, 2021, 34 percent of states have submitted all three CSBG Annual Reports. We thank you for your efforts to submit the reports by the due date.

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.

This message provides a brief explanation of the minimum and maximum allotment provisions outlined in the Community Services Block Grant Act (CSBG Act) and the current status of both minimum and maximum allotments as applied to the CSBG Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding.

The purpose of this letter is to give you an update on the new State and Federal accountability measures for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network.  These proposed measures are intended to ensure that both State and Federal administrators of CSBG are accountable to high standards of performance management.   It is our expectation that these State and Federal accountability measures will be implemented alongside the new organizational standards for Community Action Agencies.  In addition, as new Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) next generation tools and protocols are completed in the next several months, the new State and Federal accountability measures we are proposing will help assure accountability and high quality at all levels.

OCS has extended the response deadline for the 2021 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Survey for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Eligible Entities to Tuesday, March 30, 2021.

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 Administration Visit 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)

The purpose of this letter is to remind Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) state, territory and tribal lead agencies and eligible entities of flexibilities and resources available to support response efforts related to Hurricane Ida.

The Office of Community Services (OCS), Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is informing CSBG State Administrators regarding a temporary adjustment of CSBG Program Specialist regional assignments. The temporary assignments will be through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) September 30, 2021. In addition, OCS wants to remind State Administrators of the CSBG Quarterly Calls schedule during July 2021.

The purpose of this letter is to provide an update for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Reports, including the CSBG Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Supplemental Annual Report and the CSBG Disaster Supplemental Annual Report.