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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

Community Service 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 2017 Congress authorized $696,825,612 for States, Territories and Tribes for CSBG and Indiana received $10, 271,150.  90% of Indiana’s funding level was allocated to 22 Community Action Programs.

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

The Indiana Statute (IC 12-14-23-1), revised in 2001, defines community action agencies and community action programs, including the components of the program (range of services).  The Statute, also, has tripartite board requirements, a requirement to consult neighborhood based organizations to assist in planning, conducting, and evaluating the program.  The 2001 update changed the protocol for selecting new agencies and added the faith –based organizational language as included in CSBG Reauthorization Act of 1998.

Indiana CSBG State Plan

The Indiana CSBG State plan is developed every two years and describes Indiana’s activities and the plan to use CSBG funds.

Click here to access the 2018 CSBG State Plan

Click here to access the 2019 CSBG State Plan

Federal Poverty Guidelines

The federal income eligibility is based on a household’s earnings/ contributions and must not exceed 125% of the federal poverty guidelines.  Below are the maximum amount that a family could make to qualify for CSBG related assistance:


May 2019

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


2019 Community Action Plan Packet

The Community Action Plan Packet is an annual document package that Indiana CSBG Sub-recipients must complete, which includes the plan and supplemental form.  The 2019 Community Action Plan Packet is due December 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST

Click here to access the 2019 Community Action Plan Packet
Click here to access the 2019 Community Action Plan Packet Supplement

CSBG Close-Out Process

Agencies requesting an extension to use their 2018 funds should do so in writing by December 1, 2018. The request should be emailed to Veda Morris-May, Community Programs Analyst.
All 2018 funds must be expended by September 30, 2019.
The CSBG 2018 Close-Out Report is due on or before November 15, 2019

Click here to access the 2018 CSBG Close-Out Report

The 2018 Close-Out Report must be submitted before 2019 funds will be released.  Email the completed form to VMorrisMay@ihcda.in.gov

Contract Budget Revision

If an agency needs to revise their budget they are required to fill out the Budget Page.  A budget revision can be completed at any time and as many times during the regular contract period.

Click here to access the 2018 CSBG Budget Form.  Email the completed form to Lauren Perry at LaPerry@ihcda.in.gov

 Submit a Success Story

IHCDA often includes success stories in their publications and would like for agencies to share their CSBG related success stories.

Click here to access the Submit a Success Story Form.  Email the completed form to Lauren Perry at LaPerry@ihcda.in.gov

Links & Resources

National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)

NASCSP is the lead Organization for State Community Service Programs.  The organization provides advocacy and leadership for states to reduce poverty. In addition, NASCSP informs its members about issues related to CSBG and DOE/WAP.  Below is the link to NASCSP:

Community Action program Legal Services (CAPLAW)

CAPLAW provides legal and financial services for community action.  Below is the link to the CAPLAW website:

Indiana Community Action Association (INCAA)

INCAA’s mission is to help the Community Action Agencies in Indiana address issues surrounding the issues and causes of poverty.  Below is the link to the INCAA website:

211 Indiana 211 Partnership Inc.
2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps Hoosiers across Indiana find local resources (crisis+ emergency, food, health, housing+ utilities, jobs + support, disaster assistance, reentry, veterans).  Also, 211 provides variety of community related reports.

Indiana Youth Institute (IYI)
IYI publishes the KIDS COUNT Data Book, a project of Annie E Casey Foundation and is a source of data on children and families.  Below is the link to down to download or request a free copy:

Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network (INRN)

  • Statewide service providing workshops and board retreats for any Indiana nonprofit organization
  • Workshops, webinars, consulting and facilitating
  • Topics: board governance, strategic planning, resource development, fundraising, marketing and communication

Charitable Advisors LLC

  • Not-for Profit e-newsletter for Indianapolis and surrounding areas  with feature stories, announcements, professional development, swap, national news, services and more

Indiana Association of United Ways (IAUW)
IAUW provides the ALICE Report (Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed) for Indiana households struggling to afford the basic necessities of housing, childcare, food, healthcare and transportation.

Training and Technical Assistance

ROMA Next Generation (NG)
What is Roma Next Generation?
Roma NG promotes continuous quality improvement so that Community Action Agencies can measure, analyze and communicate performance.  ROMA NG encourages a culture of continuous learning rather that a culture of compliance and reporting that will help the CSBG Network achieve results for the low-income community.  Click here for more information regarding NASCSP ROMA NG.

Program Guidance

CSBG Strategic Planning Consultants Guide

Click here to access the 2018 CSBG CAR Tool.
CAR Tool Glossary of Termsl

2019 CSBG CAR Monitoring Schedule

ABV Legal Agency Name Dates
WICAA Western Indiana Community Action Agency March 12-14
Area IV Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Program, Inc. April 9-11
HUEDC Hoosier Upland Economic Development Corp. April 30 - May 2
NCCAA North Central Community Action Agency, Inc. May 21-23
NWICA Northwest Indiana Community Action Corporation July 9-11
CAPE Community Action Program of Evansville and Vanderburgh County, Inc. July 30 - August 1
OVO Ohio Valley Opportunities, Inc. September 10-12
LHDC Lincoln Hills Development Corporation October 22-24

Elements of an Annual Report

There are many ways to design an annual report and present the health of your agency. Below are some traditional concepts that agencies can use to tell their story to shareholders, stakeholders, the media and the communities they serve. Doing so allows an agency to lay the foundation to create something that is unique to their agency.
Click here to access “Elements of an Annual Report"

Best CSBG Business Practices   

The attached business practices have been gathered form the most recent CAR monitoring visits in Indiana.  Examples have been used or adapted by numerous agencies.

Click here to access Indiana’s Best CSBG Business Practices

2CFR,Part 200 – Contents and Format

The circular contains the administrative requirements, cost principles and audit requirements for Federal awards.  The cost principles are for determining cost applicable to grants, contracts and other agreements with educational institutions, non-profit organizations and State and local government agencies and Indiana Tribal councils.  In addition the circular addresses both direct and F & A cost.         

Cick here to access Uniform Guidance Full Regulation 2 CFR Part 200
Click here to access Uniform Guidance Appendices 2 CFR Part 200

CSBG Memos
CS-017-03 - New TA Request Process
CS-017-02 - Changes to Annual Report
CS-017-01 - Claims - MInimum Threshold Requirements

Reference Materials

National Association of State Community Service Programs

Guidance on CSBG Program Administration and Performance Plan

Guidance on Allowable Costs

Guidance on Definition and Allowability of Direct and Administrative Cost Block Appropriation and Allocation

Guidance on Corrective Action, Termination, or Reduction of Funding

Guidance on Use of CSBG Funds to Match HUD Requirement

CSBG Budget Line Item Narratives