Community Services Block Grant

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The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services,  Office of Community Services which provides funds through the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Community Services to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.

CSBG funding supports projects that:

  • Lessen poverty in communities.
  • Address the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless and elderly.
  • Provide services and activities addressing employment, education, housing, nutrition, and health services.

The Division of Community Services distributes CSBG funds to local Community Action Agencies and Human Resource Agencies to address the needs of low income families by:

  • Increasing Self-Sufficiency.
  • Improving living conditions.
  • Ownership of and pride in their communities.
  • Strong family support systems.

Who is eligible for CSBG?

In order to receive CSBG services, individuals must be within 125 percent of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines.

How do I apply for CSBG?

Individuals who have never received services may submit a Pre Application through the Common Web Portal.  This site is available nationwide but services and funds are for residents of Mississippi only.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age or an emancipated minor. Individuals without access to a computer may call the Community Action Agency (CAA) or Human Resource Agency (HRA) in their area.  Refer to the agency directory for agency contact information and services location.