Community Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program provides funds to states, territories and Native American tribes to support efforts that reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and lead to empowerment and self-sufficiency among low-income families and individuals.  CSBG funds help to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities by providing employment training and placement, and linkages with other programs such as child care, emergency services, health, nutrition, transportation, housing assistance and education.  CSBG funds also provide income management for better use of available income.  CSBG legislation requires states to allocate not less than 90 percent of these federal funds to eligible entities who manage the CSBG at the local community level.  Low-income individuals and families, homeless individuals and families, migrant and seasonal workers, and elderly low-income individuals are the targeted population for services and activities.

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Eligible Recipients:

This is a mandatory formula grant for which states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth or Puerto Rico, and the Territories of Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands, state- and federally recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Eligible Beneficiaries:

Low-income individuals including those experiencing homelessness, migrants and the elderly are the primary beneficiaries of programs funded by Community Services Block Grants.

Funding Mechanism:

Funding is allocated by formula to states territories and tribes, which then distribute funds to local and non-profit service providers.