Community Services Block Grant

Community Services Block Grant is an appropriation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help communities address poverty issues. States are allocated money on a formula basis and are directed to fund anti-poverty agencies statewide to address the local issues of poverty within their communities. There are nine agencies statewide that receive funding from CSBG. Every county in the state is served by one of these agencies.

CSBG is a flexible source of funding for these grantees to allow each community to properly address the issues of poverty found therein. Grantees operate under the direction of a tri-partite board comprised of elected officials, business representatives, and low-income individuals. These boards are charged with identifying the specific problems in the community and developing work plans and structuring programs to address these issues.

FY19 CSBG State Plan

Utah Community Services Block Grant Policies & Procedures

CSBG Grants Account for Their Success Within Six National Goals

  • Low-income people become more self-sufficient
  • The conditions in which low-income people live are improved
  • Low-income people own a stake in their community
  • Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved.
  • Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results
  • Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive environments.

Application Resources


  • Community Action Partnership online Needs Assessment Tool
  • Results Oriented Management and Accountability
  • National Association for State Community Services Program
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services- Office of Community Services
  • Community Action Partnership of Utah