Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)


The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program is a federally-funded block grant that provides funds to eligible nonprofit community-based organizations or governmental entities that work to ameliorate the causes and conditions of poverty in disadvantaged and low-income communities across Pennsylvania.


Guidelines and the CSBG Two-Year State Plan detail specific state priorities. Typical uses include:

  • Case management
  • Job training
  • Food and nutrition
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Housing
  • Drug and alcohol counseling
  • Economic development

Must be a federally recognized Community Action Agency.


Based on entitlement formula.


One-year grant awards. Applicants must demonstrate ability to implement and sustain projects, assure community-level linkages, and effectively manage project budgets.

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