Community Service Block Grant

WHAT IS COMMUNITY SERVICE BLOCK GRANT?

The Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) is a stream of federal funding that works to ameliorate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities through local Community Action Partnership (CAP) organizations. CSBG is the main infrastructure grant for CAP agencies. This funding allows agencies to leverage resources from federal, state, local, and private entities to further anti-poverty work in communities. Each Idaho CAP is a private, non-profit organization governed by a local Board of Directors that is comprised of at least 1/3 low-income, and no more than 1/3 private sector and 1/3 public sector. Each CAP develops its programs according to the needs that exist in its communities.

WHAT PROGRAMS ARE FUNDED WITH CSBG?

According to statute each agency completes a biennial community needs assessment. The community needs assessment dictates how a CAP agency allocates their funding and to which programs or conditions of poverty an agency will focus resources. Programs vary by region, individuals and families can find out about local services provided in your area by contacting the local Community Action Partnership. For a list of Community Action Partnerships in Idaho, click this link: Idaho Community Action Partnerships.

What types of programs are supported with CSBG in Idaho?
Local Community Action Agencies in Idaho implement poverty ending and poverty reducing programs with their CBSG funds. Because the CSBG funds are flexible, many of the programs take an innovative approach to increase the impact they have on the communities they serve. The types of programs offered include:

Education:

  • GED education and assistance
  • Assistance for current and returning students
  • Tutoring
  • Home Buyer Education

Employment:

  • Employment Counseling/Referrals/Support
  • Financial Literacy
  • Micro Enterprise Programs
  • Job skills classes

Income Management:

  • Housing Services
  • Life Skills Classes

Housing:

  • Second Chance Renters Program
  • Rental Assistance
  • Veterans Services

Emergency Services:

  • Clothing and personal items to assist in obtaining and maintaining employment
  • Bus passes and gas vouchers
  • Homeless Services

Nutrition:

  • Assistance accessing food stamps
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Tables of Hope

Linkage:

  • Circles™

Family Development:

  • Case Management
  • Assistance in navigating Health and Welfare services
  • Referrals to other programs

Health:

  • Assistance with medical appointments
  • Clinics
  • HIV Prevention
  • HIV Screening

Youth:

  • Back to School youth programs
  • Financial Education for youth

ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE ASSISTANCE?

Beneficiaries are low-income individuals that may be unemployed or receiving public assistance, at-risk youth, custodial and non-custodial parents, residents of public housing, persons with disabilities, persons who are homeless, and individuals transitioning from incarceration into the community.

Each State sets criteria for determining what households are eligible. The Income Criteria for Idaho is set at 125% of the Federal Poverty Level – Income Guideline Chart.

HOW TO APPLY FOR SERVICES?

To apply for services or to determine eligibility for programs funded with CSBG funds, contact the Community Action Partnership in your county. To locate your Local Community Action Partnership, click on your county here.

CONTACT INFORMATION & WEB LINKS

Office of Community Services
National Association for State Community Services Program
Idaho CSBG State Plan
Community Action Partnership Locations