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Community Grant Program

Overview

CSBG, or the Community Services Block Grant is an anti-poverty block grant which provides the core funding to more than 1,000 Eligible Entities across the United States for services that reduce poverty, promote self-sufficiency, and revitalize low-income communities.

CSBG funding supports projects that:

The CSBG is federally funded and administered by the state through the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS). The CSBG funds are distributed to a network of local organizations known as Eligible Entities or Community Action Agencies. There are 15 Community Action Agencies in Arkansas that assist low to moderate-income individuals in all 75 counties.

The Community Action Agencies are characterized by their tri-partite board of elected public officials, representatives from the low-income community and from the private sector to maintain the network’s focus on community representation and accountability. They have a designated geographic service area not served by another Community Action Agency.

Eligibility

Client eligibility is determined by the Federal Poverty Guidelines which are updated periodically in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2). Eligibility for CSBG is calculated at 125% of Federal Poverty Guidelines

2020 Poverty Guidelines, all states (except Alaska and Hawaii)

Household
/Family Size
50% *100%* 125% 130% 133% 135% 138% 150% 175% 185% 200%
1 6,380 12,760 15,950 16,588 16,971 17,226 17,609 19,140 22,330 23,606   25,520
2 8,620 17,240 21,550 22,412 22,929 23,274 23,791 25,860 30,170 31,894   34,480
3 10,860 21,720 27,150 28,236 28,888 29,322 29,974 32,580 38,010 40,182   43,440
4 13,100 26,200 32,750 34,060 34,846 35,370 36,156 39,300 45,850 48,470   52,400
5 15,340 30,680 38,350 39,884 40,804 41,418 42,338 46,020 53,690 56,758   61,360
6 17,580 35,160 43,950 45,708 46,763 47,466 48,521 52,740 61,530 65,046   70,320
7 19,820 39,640 49,550 51,532 52,721 53,514 54,703 59,460 69,370 73,334   79,280
8 22,060 44,120 55,150 57,356 58,680 59,562 60,886 66,180 77,210 81,622   88,240
9 24,300 48,600 60,750 63,180 64,638 65,610 67,068 72,900 85,050 89,910   97,200
10 26,540 53,080 66,350 69,004 70,596 71,658 73,250 79,620 92,890 98,198 106,160

The Emergency Solutions Grant Program (ESG)

The ESG program provides funding to:

The funding is provided to non-profit agencies or units of government through a grant application and award process.

The ESG program runs on the federal fiscal year (October 1 - September 30).  The funding varies from year to year and is determined at the federal level.,

Regulations

ESG is regulated by 24 CFR Part 576 and by the State's ESG Policy and Procedure Manual.

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Arkansas Department of Human Services

Arkansas Department
of Human Services
(501) 682-1001

TTY: 1-800-285-1131 or dial 711 for Arkansas Relay Service

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