HHS – Community Services Block Grants (2014)

Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/csbg

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration of Children and Families, Office of Community Services

Program:  The Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) program provides funds to assist state and local governments “alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty.”  CSBG money can be used to fund organizations that address the needs of low income individuals (including the homeless, migrants, or the elderly), or help lessen poverty and its impact on the community by increasing access to employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health.

Award:  Depending on its size and the scope of its activities, direct grants to legal aid programs have received between $100,000-300,000. If a legal aid program is getting funds through its state government, the state has discretion as to how much to give.

Express Language for Legal Aid: No, but legal aid programs often receive funds from the states, and in some cases are designated recipient organizations.

Participant Eligibility: Grants are made to state governments, Native American tribes, or other organizations specifically designated by states.

Matching/Collaboration Requirements: None.

Example Legal Services: Foreclosure and eviction defenses, rent disputes, family law services, education programs on the rights of low income tenants, etc.


Federal: Website directs inquiries to csbg@acf.hhs.gov

Administrating State Agencies:


Categories: Children, Department of Health and Human Services, Disability, Elderly, Family, Government Organizations, Health, Homeless, Housing, Individuals with Disabilities, Native American, Native Americans, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Public Benefits

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