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Community Services Block Grant

Provides funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities throughout the United States. 

CSBG Funding

The Community Services Block Grant supports projects, as shown in the pie chart on the right, 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 health. 

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Community Action Agencies (CAAs)

In addition, discretionary grants are available at the statewide or local level, or for associations with demonstrated expertise in addressing the needs of low-income families, such as Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

Supplemental Food and Utility

As a matter of helping those in poverty better utilize their resources, the Council provides CSBG funded supplemental food and utility assistance to those in need. 

Recipients must prove income eligibility.  This assistance is funded by the Community Services Block Grant revenue and provides the opportunity for the poor to achieve dignity on their way toward self-sufficiency.

CSBG & CAAs Working Together 

With the support of CSBG funding, states and CAAs work together to achieve the following goals for low-income individuals:

  • Increased self-sufficiency

  • Improved living conditions

  • Ownership of and pride in their communities

  • Strong family and support systems

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Working together, agencies increase their capacity to achieve results.

Working together, agencies increase their capacity to achieve results. Partnerships among supporters and providers of services play a large role in the successful implementation of CSBG grants.

For more information about being the Community Services Block Grant, contact:

Heather Mullins, Director of Community Services 
P: (304) 436-6800

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