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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.

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 Visit disclaimer page

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.

Dear Colleagues,

As part of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Performance Management Framework, the Office of Community Services (OCS) analyzed the progress on the CSBG federal accountability measures[1] for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018. The purpose of this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) is to share the results of our efforts and the FFY 2019 goals.

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.

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 notify Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) state grantees, eligible entities, and federal training and technical assistance grantees that the 2021 American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) Survey for CSBG Eligible Entities will be made available online on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and will remain open through Tuesday, March 23, 2021. To provide information on key actions for CSBG state grantees, eligible entities, and federal training and technical assistance grantees.

The purpose of this message is to provide you with an update on the fourth quarter allocations of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds for fiscal year (FY) 2016. These awards represent the final release of funding to date for FY 2016. A chart is attached to show the full-year CSBG allocations along with the total amount allocated and released for the first, second, and third quarters of FY 2016.

We, at the Office of Community Services (OCS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would like to invite CSBG grantees to a series of web meetings to provide updates on the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) State Plan Application (State Plan). On November 17, 2017, a Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) notice for public comment was posted to the Federal Register in volume 82, number 221, and page 54348.