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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)

CSBG Staff Assignments by Region

The Office of Community Services (OCS) is requesting feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on the proposed revision of the CSBG State Plan Application (CSBG State Plan). On April 26, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the notice for public comment Visit disclaimer page to the Federal Register.

The Office of Community Services (OCS) requests feedback from the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network on the proposed revision of the CSBG Annual Report. On April 26, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published the second notice for public comment on the CSBG Annual Report, CSBG CARES Supplemental Annual Report, and CSBG Disaster Supplemental Annual Report, which is available here Visit disclaimer page . Please note: these CSBG Annual Reports are approved. This clearance is specifically to continue collecting the information included in these reports.

To provide instructions and the application requirements for the CSBG Disaster Supplement Funds, Stage 3, Longer Term Recovery Efforts grants. Applications are due Thursday, May 13, 2021.

Each year, the Division of Community Assistance (DCA), within the Office of Community Services (OCS) conducts standard Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Assessment reviews as required under Section 678B(c) of the CSBG Act. In December 2020, DCA piloted virtual State Assessments in two states. Given the lessons learned from the virtual State Assessments and the ongoing public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus, this year, all CSBG State Assessments will be conducted virtually. Below is the FY 2021 schedule, which includes the two states monitored during the pilot. The State Assessment Schedule is published for federal and state planning purposes.

CSBG IM-2021-161 COVID-19 Vaccination FY 2021

Use of CSBG Resources to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts
April 2, 2021

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.

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.

FY2020 CSBG OLDC Refresher

This message provides additional detail on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Annual Report requirements. This includes a discussion of reporting related to regularly appropriated CSBG (referred to as regular CSBG) as well as the supplemental CSBG grants awarded as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 (referred to as CSBG CARES) and the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act of 2019 (referred to as Disaster Supplemental).