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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.

CSBG Staff Assignments by Region

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to provide you with an update on apportionment of Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021. These awards represent the full allocation of funding for FY 2021, including the return of the 1% which was held at the Secretary’s discretion.

The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to inform States that the Office of Community Services (OCS) has identified a solution to extend the CARES obligation deadline for administrative and discretionary funds from September 30, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

Since the release of CSBG-DCL-2021-28, several CSBG grantees have contacted OCS to express concern that they will not be able to fully obligate state controlled administrative or discretionary funds before the end of this fiscal year. We know how important it is for grantees to be able to utilize administrative funds for staffing, oversight and monitoring, training and technical assistance, and special initiatives and programs, among other activities and needs. Given this, OCS is exploring all available strategies to allow states additional time to fully obligate these funds.

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 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.

We are pleased to provide the registration links for the Office of Community Services’ (OCS) 2021 World Water Week events. As indicated in the World Water Week Save-the-Date announcement that went out on August 11, 2021, OCS will host Building Resilience Faster: Partnering to Increase Availability, Affordability, and Access to Quality Water and Wastewater Services, a series of events in observance of World Water Week 2021, August 23 - 27, 2021.

This guidance serves as a reminder regarding the timeframes of available flexibilities issued by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Administration for Children and Families in response to the pandemic.
 

The Office of Community Services is updating terms used in official documents, correspondence, and other communications to align with terminology used in 2 CFR Part 200 and 45 CFR Part 75.