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Community Services Block Grant


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

Objectives: 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: Center of Excellence (COE) for Human Capacity and Community Transformation (HCCT); 11 Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC), a Learning Communities Resource Center, Performance Management Technical Assistance, and a Legal Training and Technical Assistance Center. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funds for the Community Services Block Grant. Funds appropriated by the CARES Act are to be used to 1) prevent, 2) prepare for, and 3) respond to coronavirus. These funds are to carry out the activities under the CSBG program. Funds are to be provided to entities and remain with such entity through federal fiscal year 2022 consistent with the program purpose.