Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

CSBG State Plan Document: CSBG State Plan.pdf

Description: Administers the federal Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) which awards non-discretionary funds to agencies for the provision of health, education, employment and housing and other services to individuals and families with low incomes in New Jersey. This work is performed by 25 agencies throughout the state whom are designated as Community Action Agencies (CAAs). The non-discretionary grants do not serve the public directly.

CSBG funding supports projects that:

  • Lessen poverty in communities
  • Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly
  • Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health

 In addition, discretionary grants are available at the statewisde or local level, or for associations with demontrated expertise in addressing the needs of low-income familes, such as Community Action Agencies (CAAs).

With The support of CSBG funding, CAAs work to achieve the following goals:

  • Increased seal-sufficiency
  • Imporved living conditions
  • Ownership of and pride in their communites
  • Strong family and support systems

Assistance Provided To:

Private nonprofit organizations and Public agencies

that provide the above services to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty and improve self-sufficiency.

Type of Assistance:


Funding Source: U. S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Award Period: October 1 to September 30.
Procedure for Applying: Submission of an application.
Contact: Kate Butler - (609) 633-6265

List of Designated Community Action Agencies in New Jersey Which Provide Direct Service To the Public
NJ Community Action Agencies 2017 Factsheet

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Application and Program Information

Additional Information
What services are provided through CSBG?

Since its inception in 1964, CSBG funds have been utilized to help individuals and families with low-incomes in New Jersey move towards self-sufficiency. The programs receiving CSBG funds provides services in the following nine categories:

1. Employment
2. Education
 Emergency Services

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Who is eligible for assistance?

Non-profit agencies, housing authorities, municipalities, counties and neighborhood organizations with non-profit status who serve individuals and families with low-incomes  are eligible for funding. However, by law, ninety percent (90%) of program funds must go to designated CAA's.Common services provided by CAAs include:

  • Employment and job skills training
  • Food and nutrition assistance
  • Child development programs, including Head Start and center-based day care
  • Individual and family self-sufficiency initiatives
  • Youth development
  • Fuel and energy assistance
  • Domestic violence prevention, counseling and emergency assistance
  • Emergency assistance such as, temporary shelter, food, medical assistance, clothing, conflict resolution, etc.
  • Affordable housing and homeownership opportunities
  • Assistance to homeless and "at-risk" families and individuals
  • Transportation assistance
Innovative programming supported through CSBG:
  • Community Gardens
  • Governor's Neighborhood Leadership Initiative
  • Senior Assisted Living and Day Care
  • Community Organizing and Local Community Planning
  • Gleaning crops
  • Individual Development Accounts
  • Community Health Care Centers

Assistance to special populations (Migrant farm workers, former correctional inmates and their families, etc.)

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