COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANT (CSBG)
What is CSBG?
CSBG is a federal investment to reduce poverty in the United States. Funded under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CSBG provides States, U.S. Territories, Native American Indian Tribes and other organizations funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in local communities.
What kinds of services are available through CSBG?
CSBG funds result in innovative programs that address the leading causes of poverty as determined locally by administering community based organizations. To name a few, CSBG helps low-income individuals obtain employment, increase their education, access vital early childhood programs, and achieve or maintain their independence. CSBG funding supports projects that:
- Lessen poverty in communities
- Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly
- Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health
Services under CSBG are determined and provided by non-profit and public agencies in local communities throughout the state. Due to the unique block grant requirements of CSBG, services offered throughout the state will vary depending on the local needs assessment conducted in each community.