New Community Service Grant OpportunitySeptember 29, 2016
The goal of the Community Services Block Grant program, also known as CSBG, is to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities around the country, and to empower low-income individuals and families so that they can become self-sufficient. Congress first authorized the Community Services Block Grant program as part of the 1981 Omnibus Reconciliation Act. The program consolidated 77 different anti-poverty grants into nine categorical grants. The program was amended in 1998.
The Community Services Block Grant program is meant to help those with low incomes
• attain an adequate education,
• secure and retain employment,
• obtain adequate housing,
• improve the use of their available income,
• obtain emergency health and nutrition services,
• remove obstacles to full self-sufficiency, and
• actively participate in community affairs.
Who Administers Community Services Block Grant Funds?
Community Service Block Grant funds are administered by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Funds are provided to the 50 states and the District of Columbia as well as Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. State and federally-recognized tribes and tribal organizations serving eligible tribes and seasonal and migrant farm workers’ agencies are also eligible for Community Services Block Grant funds. Discretionary grants are also available at the state and local level for community action agencies and associations with a proven track record of assisting low-income families. These grants help states and community action agencies expand their capacity to help low-income families and individuals achieve
• increased self-sufficiency,
• better living conditions,
• stronger families and support systems, and
• pride and ownership in their communities.
How Many People Are Served by Community Services Block Grants?
During the 2015 fiscal year, nearly 16 million individuals and 7 million families received Community Services Block Grant services, including
• 2.3 million senior citizens,
• 2.0 million people with disabilities, and
• 4.4 million children.
Sixty-four recognized tribes and tribal organizations also received Community Services Block Grant funds.
How Do I Apply for a Community Services Block Grant?
To see if you are eligible for benefits under a Community Services Block Grant, you should call the designated CSBG contact for your state. In order to qualify, you must be able to demonstrate that your income is low or very low. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services website provides a list of the state officials and program coordinators responsible for administering Community Services Block Grant funds in each state.
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