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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

CSBG is a federally-funded block grant that provides funds to eligible nonprofit community based organizations and governmental entities that work to alleviate poverty in the United States and achieve the following goals:

  • Increased self-sufficiency
  • Improved living conditions
  • Ownership of and pride in their communities
  • Strong family and support systems

In 2019, Indiana received $10,413,402 in CSBG funding. 90% of Indiana’s funding has been allocated to 22 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) that cover all of the state’s 92 counties.

CSBG is NOT a program individuals can apply to for direct funding or assistance. CSBG funding is used by CAAs to support other services, which have more specific program goals.

Eligible services provided by CAAs include but are not limited to:

  • 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
  • Affordable housing and homeownership opportunities
  • Assistance to homeless and “at-risk” families and individuals
  • Transportation assistance 

To find services in your area that you may be eligible for, please contact your local Community Action Agency. You can find your local CAA by the county you live in here. You can also find local services you may be eligible for through the Indiana 211 Partnership by dialling 2-1-1 or by using their website,


Income Eligibility

Any individual or household receiving assistance from a CSBG-funding program must have an income that does not exceed 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. The poverty guidelines are based on household size, and are updated annually. The current guidelines went into effect January 11, 2019 and are as follows:


Household Size

Annual Income Standard

125% Maximum Annual Income Standard

























Each Additional Person

For households with more than 8 persons, add $4,420 for each additional person.  Then multiply by 1.25 for 125% of Poverty Guidelines (for OCS/CED)

                 $5,525 per person