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​Community Services Block Grant Program


The Washington State Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program receives federal funds to:

  • Help alleviate poverty
  • Revitalize communities
  • Empower low-income families to become fully self-sufficient through a network of public and nonprofit agencies.  

How We Help

The Program contracts with community action agencies to administer funds locally and provide assistance. CSBG eligibility criteria includes households with incomes at, or below, 125 percent of the federal poverty level as defined by the Office of Management and Budget and is based on the Census Bureau’s most recent data.

Services include: 

  • Housing
  • Energy assistance
  • Nutrition
  • Employment
  • Training
  • Emergency food and shelter
  • Asset development

The CSBG State Model Plan for Federal Fiscal Year 2013-14 describes how the state of Washington, in partnership with community action agencies, the Washington State Community Action Partnership, and other community partners will meet the requirements of federal and CSBG assurances.


CSBG Allocation Formula Hearing

The Department of Commerce is holding an electronic hearing on the implementation of the Washington State CSBG network’s recommended changes to the Community Action Agency Allocation Table. The recommendation was made to the Department of Commerce following the WSCAP 2012 CSBG Formula Allocation meeting held January 8-9, 2012. 

Changes include reducing the primary base amount from $120,000 to $99,600 and updating Community Action Agency allocations to reflect 2010 Census Data.
The electronic hearing is open from December 18, 2013 to January 16th, 2014. Written testimony and comments should be emailed to
This hearing is held in observance of CSBG Information Memorandum No. 116 Corrective Action, Termination, or Reduction of Funding:
Please see section:
Cause for Changes of Proportional Share to Eligible Entities
Under Section 676(c) of the CSBG Act, there are two major causes for changing the proportional share of funding awarded to eligible entities.
Statewide Redistribution of Funds - The first, and most common, cause for changing the proportional share of funding to eligible entities is not related to performance deficiencies of a specific organization. Under Section 676(c)(1)(A) of the CSBG Act, States may implement a Statewide redistribution of funds to respond to the results of the most recently available census data or other appropriate data, the designation of a new eligible entity , or severe economic dislocation. Statewide changes to the distribution formulas require a public hearing. The CSBG Act requires at least one legislative hearing every three years in conjunction with the development of the State plan and States may utilize this legislative hearing to consider changes to distribution formulas. States may also conduct special administrative hearings in response to specific demographic or economic changes, or the designation of a new eligible entity to address an unserved area.
The Allocation formula changes were presented by the Department of Commerce to the House Community Development, Housing & Tribal Affairs Committee on January 16, 2013.
The Department of Commerce published the 2012 Allocation table with the release of the Federal Fiscal Year 2013 grants to the Community Action Agencies in December of 2012. The 2012 Allocation table reflected the recommendation from the Washington State Community Action Partnership and the Community Action Agency network in the state of Washington.


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