ARRA - Community Services Block Grant


This funding will provide economic stimulus to the nation while furthering the ACF mission to promote the economic and social well-being of children, youth, families and communities. Objectives are to provide assistance to States and local communities, working through a network of community action agencies and other neighborhood-based organizations, for the reduction of poverty, revitalization of low-income communities, and empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient (particularly families who are attempting to transition off a State program carried out under part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act). Additional objectives are (1) to provide services and activities having a measurable and potential major impact on causes of poverty in the community or those areas of the community where poverty is a particularly acute problem; (2) to provide activities designed to assist low-income participants, including the elderly poor, to: (a) secure and retain meaningful employment; (b) attain an adequate education; (c) make better use of available income; (d) obtain and maintain adequate housing and a suitable living environment; (e) obtain emergency assistance through loans or grants to meet immediate and urgent individual and family needs, including health services, nutritious food, housing, and employment-related assistance; (f) remove obstacles and solve problems which block the achievement of self-sufficiency; (g) achieve greater participation in the affairs of the community; and (h) make more effective use of other related programs; (3) to provide on an emergency basis for the provision of such supplies and services, nutritious food, and related services, as may be necessary to counteract conditions of starvation and malnutrition among the poor; and (4) to coordinate and establish linkages between governmental and other social services programs to assure the effective delivery of such services to low-income individuals.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/02/2020 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Community Services Block Grant Act (CSBG Act), as amended by the Community Opportunities, Accountability, Training, and Educational Services Act of 1998, Public Law 105-285; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The Secretary is authorized to make grants to States. This includes each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Island, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Secretary also provides assistance directly to the governing body of an Indian Tribe or Tribal organization upon application by the tribe. Only State-recognized tribes, as evidenced by a statement to that effect by the Governor, or tribds formally recognized by the Secretary of the Interior, under the procedure for such recognition in 25 CFR 54, are eligible to receive direct grants.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States make grants to qualified locally-based nonprofit community anti-poverty agencies and other eligible entities which provide services to low-income individuals and families. The official poverty line, as established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is used as a criterion of eligibility in the Community Services Block Grant program. When a State determines that it serves the objectives of the block grant, it may revise the income limit, not to exceed 200 percent of the official poverty line.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Under the regularly-funded CSBG Program, each State desiring to receive an allotment for a fiscal year is required to submit an application to the Secretary of HHS. For Recovery Act funds, States will receive a separate allotment of funds based on the statutory formula. Within 30 days of receiving new grant allotments, each State must submit an application amendment outlining the intended use of Recovery Act funds, to include how the State will carry out the assurances in Section 676(b) of the CSBG Act. The application amendment must be a separate document from the original application and must contain assurances by the Chief Executive Officer of the State that the State will comply with the allowable uses of funds under Section 675C of the CSBG Act, with modifications to allowable uses specified in the Recovery Act. The application amendment must set forth the general purposes for which funds will be used, including a description of the Stateís intended use for benefits enrollment coordination activities relating to the identification and enrollment of eligible individuals and families in Federal, State, and local benefit programs. The State also must describe how it will incorporate monitoring of Recovery Act funds into its regular monitoring of CSBG eligible entities. This includes descriptions of how the State will monitor restrictions on administrative expenses, eligible recipients, board requirements for community action agencies and other nonprofit organizations, fiscal control, monitoring, and Federal investigation provisions, coordination between antipoverty programs in each community and certain prohibitions on political activities. States also must include a description of how they plan to track CSBG funds from ARRA separately from CSBG funds provided through the regular FY 2009 and 2010 appropriations process. In addition, States must indicate how they plan to evaluate the effectiveness of ARRA CSBG funds, including tracking the number of jobs created. This program is excluded from coverage under 45 CFR Part 1050.

Award Procedure
HHS determines the amount of funds to be allocated as block grants to each State in accordance with the formula set forth in the CSBG Act. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has the authority to apportion to HHS through the course of a year the Congressional appropriation for block grants. Consistent with OMB's apportionment of funds, HHS will assign allotments to the States through individual awards or a series of awards.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not Applicable.
Funds may be withheld from any State which does not utilize its allotment substantially in accordance with the provisions of the CSBG Act, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the assurances provided in its application. This may be done only after adequate notice and an opportunity for a hearing conducted within the affected State.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Uses and restrictions for CSBG Recovery Act funds differ from the uses and restrictions that apply to allotments to States from regular CSBG annual appropriations with regard to use and percentage of funds retained by the States. As with regular CSBG grants, States receive CSBG Recovery Act funds to ameliorate the causes of poverty in communities. The block grant approach gives the States flexibility to tailor their programs to the particular services needs in their communities. States are required to pass through 99 percent of their Recovery Act allocations for grants to “eligible entities,” as defined in the CSBG Act and use the remaining one percent of funds for benefits enrollment coordination activities relating to the identification and enrollment of eligible individuals and families. See Above.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Funded grantees must submit quarterly reports required by Section 1512 of the Recovery Act. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. States must conduct financial and compliance audits of block grant funds annually in accordance with Section 678D of the CSBG Act.
States are required to keep records sufficient to permit preparation of the required reports and to permit tracking of funds to a level of expenditure adequate to ensure that funds have not been spent unlawfully.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 45, Chapter 96.71, Part 96, Subpart G, Public Law 97-35. States are required to pass through 99 percent of their Recovery Act allocations for grants to “eligible entities,” as defined in the CSBG Act and use the remaining one percent of funds for benefits enrollment coordination activities relating to the identification and enrollment of eligible individuals and families.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Formula grant awards will be made in FY 2009. Grant funds allotted to the State will be awarded in accordance with apportionment of funds from OMB. Amounts unobligated by the State at the end of a fiscal year remain available for obligation during the succeeding fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Formula grant awards will be made in FY 2009.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Seth Hassett 901 D Street, S.W., 5th Floor - Room 5A165, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: 202-401-2333
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
75-1537-0-1-506 - TAFS: 75-0910-1537.
(Formula Grants) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available - No funding is provided for this program.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR Part 16, 45 CFR Part 74 and 45 CFR Part 96. All ARRA Standard Terms and Conditions will be applicable to the grantee. Also reference the HHS Grants Policy Statement available online at:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.