Community Service Block Grants
Program Criteria: How New Jersey is Using the Funds
Total Stimulus Appropriation: $1,000,000,000
New Jersey’s Portion: $27,391,962
Allocation Method: New Jersey received its share determined by a formula based on each State's and Indian Tribe’s poverty population.
Federal Agency: U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services
Program Overview
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is made available to States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Territories, which in turns makes subcontracts to Federal and State-recognized Indian Tribes and tribal organizations, and Community Action Agencies, to fund activities which alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. 

The funds provide a range of services and activities to assist the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly. Grantees receiving funds under the CSBG program are required to provide services and activities addressing employment, education, better use of available income, housing, nutrition, emergency services and/or health.
Federal Requirements and Restrictions
  • The Office of Community Services within the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs has identified the below federal requirements:
    • 1 percent of the funds made available to each State by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act shall be used for benefits enrollment coordination activities relating to the identification and enrollment of eligible individuals and families in Federal, State, and local benefit programs
    • After application of the previous provision, all remaining funds (99%) shall be distributed to eligible entities as defined in Act.
    • Services furnished under the stimulus funding during fiscal years 2009 and 2010, will have increased income eligibility.  The increase will be at 200% of federal poverty level rather than the current 125% of the federal poverty level.
Program Eligibility
  • A community service organization that serves people at 200% of federal poverty guidelines and is qualified under federal guidelines to receive CSBG funds.
Important Program Dates
  • April 10, 2009September 2010 - contract requirements will be implemented.

  • September 26-Oct 5, 2009 - Quarterly report due

  • October 10, 2009 Report due to DHHS

  • December 26 - Jan 5, 2010 - Quarterly report due

  • January 10, 2010 Report due to DHHS

  • March 26- April 5, 2010 - Quarterly report due

  • April 10, 2010 - Report due to DHHS

  • September 26-Oct 5, 2010 - Quarterly report due

  • September 30, 2010 – All funds awarded to the State must have spent by this date.

  • October 10, 2010 – Report due to DHHS

  • November 30, 2010 –All final report due to the Department of Community Affairs

  • December 29, 2010 All funds must be liquidated by this date 

  • December 29, 2010 Final report due to DHHS
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How will these program funds help New Jersey?
A: The CSBG funds will help to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in New Jersey communities. Specifically, these funds will be utilized to assist low income households to become connected to health care, nutrition, housing and employment services.

Q: How can I take advantage of these funds?
A: All funds will go to eligible entities in the communities throughout the state. Eligible entities include the Community Action Agencies in most communities. Please follow the program criteria link provided above for a listing of agencies that will be granted funds.

Q: Who is eligible to benefit from these funds?
A: Households earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level.

Q: What is the timeframe for spending these funds?
A: Per federal guidelines, all the funds must be spent by September 30, 2010.

For more information on the program or how to apply please visit the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs at: or follow the program criteria link provided above.