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Community Services Block Grant


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: FORMULA GRANTS
Popular Name: (CSBG)
Assistance Listing Number

Objectives: The objectives are to provide assistance to States and local communities, working through a network of community action agencies and other neighborhood-based organizations, for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient (particularly families who are attempting to transition off a State program carried out under part A of title IV of the Social Security Act) and (1) to provide services and activities having a measurable and potential major impact on causes of poverty in the community or those areas of the community where poverty is a particularly acute problem; (2) to provide activities designed to assist low-income participants, including the elderly poor, to: (a) secure and retain meaningful employment; (b) attain an adequate education; (c) make better use of available income; (d) obtain and maintain adequate housing and a suitable living environment; (e) obtain emergency assistance through loans or grants to meet immediate and urgent individual and family needs, including health services, nutritious food, housing, and employment-related assistance; (f) remove obstacles and solve problems which block the achievement of self-sufficiency; (g) achieve greater participation in the affairs of the community; and (h) make more effective use of other related programs; (3) to provide on an emergency basis for the provision of such supplies and services, nutritious foodstuffs, and related services, as may be necessary to counteract conditions of starvation and malnutrition among the poor; and (4) to coordinate and establish linkages between governmental and other social services programs to assure the effective delivery of such services to low-income individuals. In addition to the CSBG block grants to states, the Office of Community Services funds additional discretionary projects for technical assistance including: 16 CSBG CARES Act Project Impact Grants. (The goal of CSBG CARES Act Project Impact Grants is to adapt current eligible entity service models to effectively prevent, prepare for, and respond to the economic and social impacts of COVID-19, while also preparing for a future model that realigns local services); Center of Excellence (COE) for Human Capacity and Community Transformation (HCCT); 11 Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC), a Learning Communities Resource Center, and a Legal Training and Technical Assistance Center.