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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program's primary purpose is to assist communities in implementing locally designed anti-poverty programs. The CSBG Program, through the state's seven Community Action Agencies (CAAs), provide various services, including emergency assistance, money management and housing counseling, self sufficiency services, case management and outreach and referral services to low income households and persons within their respective regions. The CSBG Program is also closely integrated with the low income weatherization assistance program and various other programs that serve low income people and families.

DCS, in cooperation with the CAAs, prepares an annual funding plan for the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services. Federal enabling legislation requires that a minimum of 90% of the States funds be passed through to the CAAs. Funds are allocated to the regions based on several factors, including the geographic area and the percentage of low-income people within the region.

The CAA budgets and work plans are approved by DCS and the agencies are monitored by DCS for compliance with federal regulations and program rules. The North Dakota CARES Supplemental CSBG State Plan is now available.
CSBG Policies and Procedures & Application Program Guide
File Size: 427 kb

2022-2023 CSBG State Plan 
CSBG FY2022 & FY2023 State Plan
File Size: 375 kb

2022 Poverty Guidelines
File Size: 53 kb

CARES Supplemental State Plan & Documents
ND CARES Supplemental CSBG State Plan
File Size: 228 kb


2020-2021 State Plan & Documents

2020-2021 Application/Program Guide
File Size: 339 kb

2020-2021 State Plan
File Size: 179 kb

2018-2019 CSBG State Plan & Documents
2018-2019 State Plan
File Size: 129 kb

2018-2019 Application/Program Guide
File Size: 3420 kb

2019 Poverty Guidelines
File Size: 16 kb

2018 CSBG State Fact Sheet
File Size: 289 kb

For information on local services contact the Local Community Action Agency (CAA).

North Dakota Community Action Partnership

3233 South University Drive
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 232-2452 phone
(701) 298-3115 fax

Related Links

DHHS Poverty Guidelines

US DHHS Office of Community Services (OCS) Programs

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