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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 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.

CSBG AT-2021-05 Application for Funds for States and Territories FY2022

Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022 Application for CSBG Funds Based on Availability of Funds
August 9, 2021

To inform states and U.S. territories of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) application requirements for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2022. To qualify for FFY 2022 CSBG funding, states and territories must submit their state plan applications to the Office of Community Service (OCS) by September 1, 2021 using the approved online CSBG State Plan format. States and territories shall submit their information electronically through the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) On-Line Data Collection system (OLDC), available through GrantSolutions.gov Visit disclaimer page

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.

CSBG IM-2021-159 COVID-19 Flexibilities Extended FY 2020

CSBG Grant Flexibilities amid COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
November 5, 2020

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.