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Community Services Block Grant

Now Available for Public Comment:

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) DRAFT State Plan 2022-2024

Tennessee’s CSBG DRAFT State Plan is currently available for review and comment. The document is provided below. Comments can be sent to Avé Trotter by email at or provided by phone at (615) 741-7419. Comments will be accepted until July 30, 2021.

A public hearing is also scheduled for Community Services Block Grant Draft State Plan, click here to learn more.

Community Action's Response to COVID-19 March-May 2020 Infographic

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded grant program created by the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1981. The program aims to combat poverty within communities by removing the barriers to self-sufficiency clients may encounter. Applicants meeting the income requirements may be eligible for a variety of services.

The goal of the program is to provide services to eligible low-income individuals and families to improve the communities in which they live. Allowable services range from "safety net" emergency services through job development, adult education, and self-sufficiency programs.

Client eligibility for all services is based on income eligibility and need for the service. Income eligibility means that the household income is at or below 125% of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Poverty Guidelines. Income eligibility and documentation of the client's need for service must be completed in order to establish client eligibility prior to delivery of services.

The state administers the CSBG program through a network of 20 local agencies that reach all 95 counties. Agencies conduct annual needs assessments, develop a community action plan, and offer services based on identified local needs.

For additional information contact the CSBG Unit by email at

CSBG Policy & Procedure Manual Effective 5/25/21

Local agency serving your county

CSBG Agency Contact Information

The COVID-19 Response Group Findings - MARCH - MAY 2020 Infographic Provided by National Association for State Community Service Programs.

FFY 2018 State CSBG Fact Sheet provided by National Association for State Community Service Programs
FFY 2018 State CSBG Fact Sheet page 2

FFY 2019 State CSBG Fact Sheet provided by National Association for State Community Service Programs

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