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Beware of scams: The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) does not provide direct grants to individuals; CSBG does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you a CSBG grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477. Individuals in need of assistance can contact their local Community Action Agency for help.

The federal Office of Community Services, Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program was awarded $25 million in supplemental funds under the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 (P.L. 116-20). The funds are being made available to states, territories and tribes authorized under the CSBG Act that were directly affected by tornadoes and floods occurring in calendar year 2019, which have been declared by the President as a major disaster under section 401 or 501 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Ohio has been allocated approximately $412,000, of the $25 million  to serve the 11 counties that were impacted by the 2019 storms. Please click here to review a needs assessment and proposed allocation table. If you are in need of assistance, please contact your local Community Action Agency. You can find the contact information by viewing the map of Community Service Block Grant Providers below.

Community Action Agencies

In 1964 the Economic Opportunity Act incorporated Community Action Agencies, locally controlled private nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to reduce poverty and to help low-income people become self-sufficient.

Community Action Agencies in Ohio serve all 88 counties housing income eligible Ohioans toward greater self-sufficiency.

Ohio’s Community Action Agency Network provides a broad base of programs and services tied to a formal assessment of needs in their service territories.

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Employment

  • Information/Referral
  • Job Counseling
  • Job Placement
  • On the Job Training
  • Employment Generating Projects
  • Skills Training

Education

  • Information/Referral
  • Counseling
  • Public Education
  • Head Start
  • Day Care
  • ABE/GED
  • Other Education Projects

Income Management

  • Information/Referral
  • Financial Counseling
  • Income Tax Counseling
  • Credit Unions
  • Weatherization
  • Energy Conservation Workshops
  • Community Organization

Housing

  • Information/Referral
  • Housing Counseling
  • Home Rehab/Repair
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Other Housing Projects
  • Family Development
  • Case Management
  • Counseling
  • Cash Advance
  • Child Care

Emergency Services

  • Information/Referral
  • Cash/Loan Assistance
  • Emergency HEAP
  • Other Emergency Energy Support
  • Crisis Intervention Case Management
  • Mobilizing Goods, Services, Cash
  • Other Emergency Services
  • Homeless Assistance

Nutrition

  • Information/Referral
  • Surplus Food Commodities
  • Food Pantries
  • Hot Meals
  • Gardening/Canning
  • Nutrition Education
  • WIC
  • Community Organization

Other Programs

  • Information/Referral
  • Community Needs Assessment
  • Family Individual Counseling
  • Transportation
  • Elderly Projects
  • Neighborhood Development
  • Summer Youth Recreation
  • Statewide Planning and Organization
  • Advocacy

Health

  • Medical Transportation
  • Medical or Dental Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Prevention of Alcohol/Drug Abuse
  • Treatment of Alcohol/Drug Use
  • Pregnancy Related Care
  • Family Planning Services
  • Rural Health Programs
  • Primary Health Care