The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded block grant in the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services. The CSBG Act (42 U.S.C. 9901 et seq.) provides funds to states and tribal entities to support services for individuals and families with low incomes that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. In Wyoming these funds are received and managed through the Community Services Program, located within the Wyoming Department of Health’s Public Health Division’s Rural and Frontier Health Section.
Each year Wyoming receives approximately $3.7 million in CSBG statutory formula funding through the federal CSBG Act. In turn, Wyoming allocates 90% of the total award to local designated entities based upon a county poverty index rating scale. Local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are designated by the state and may be local governments, nonprofit agencies, or a hybrid of the two. Designated CAAs are local entities who support low-income individuals and families in their progress toward greater self-sufficiency by providing services that address employment, education, income and asset building services, housing, nutrition, emergency services, and/or healthcare. Local services are based on community needs assessments conducted every three years.
CSBG Grantee Resources
Community Services Program Policies
OCS & WY CSP Guidance
Wyoming CSBG Eligible Entity Guidance Manual (Under Construction)