Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
The purpose of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds is to allow States to provide a wide range of services to help ameliorate the causes and conditions of poverty. CSBG funding supports projects that lessen poverty in communities, and address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless and elderly. It also provides services and activities addressing employment, education, housing, nutrition, emergency services and health.
The Georgia CSBG program is a Federally-funded program that is administered through a contractual agreement with a statewide network of twenty (20) non-profit community action agencies and four (4) county governments designated as eligible entities. Services and programs are provided to all 159 counties.
The program is governed under six broad anti-poverty goals:
- Goal 1: Low-income people become more self-sufficient.
- Goal 2: The conditions in which low-income people lives are improved.
- Goal 3: Low-income people own a stake in their community.
- Goal 4: Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low- income people are achieved.
- Goal 5: Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results.
- Goal 6: Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems.
Georgia CSBG Eligibility Requirements
The basic requirements that need to be met in order to receive services from CSBG include the following:
- The applicant needs to be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted immigrant
- Assistance is provided for individuals at one hundred and twenty-five percent (125%) of the Federal Poverty Guidelines
How to contact the CSBG program in your area
You can locate the eligible entity in your area by clicking on www.georgiacaa.org.
The State CSBG Office number is 404-657-3427.