What is CSBG?

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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.

Services vary by county. Look up your county's services here.

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  • Child/Youth Services
  • Drought Water Assistance
  • Education Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Employment Services
  • Food/Nutrition Services
  • Health Services
  • Homeless Services
  • Housing Services
  • Income Management Services
  • Senior Services
  • Transportation Services
  • Plus Other Services


 CSD Awards $1.1 Million in Competitive Grants for Targeted Initiatives & Emergency Services Projects to Benefit Low-Income Californians

The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) has announced more than $1 million in Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) awards to 18 providers throughout California to support targeted initiatives focusing on youth programs and homeless services, and emergency service projects that directly benefit California’s low-income residents.

“With these grants, local providers receive the funds needed to work quickly to address the local needs of low-income Californians,” said CSD Director Linné Stout. “Through these efforts, low-income families and individuals will benefit from the infusion of these needed funds in their communities.”

These grants will fund various programs throughout California that will:

  • Offer low-income youths with enrichment and leadership activities, life skills, job readiness skills, job placement, financial literacy and transitional housing; and
  • Provide homeless individuals and families with housing and rental assistance, shelter and transitional housing options, permanent housing, work opportunities to gain needed job skills and comprehensive case management. 

CSD released a Notice of Funding Availability in June announcing the availability of $1.1 million in federal funds to provide local agencies with the opportunity to implement high-impact programs to low-income Californians. Initiatives and projects that met all requirements, including the ability to demonstrate achievable outcomes and a strong potential for success, were awarded funds. 



Use our Eligibility Wizard or
Reference our Income Guideline Chart

NOTE: You must also meet all other program eligibility requirements.


Our interactive map will direct you to a CSBG agency
in your area.