Community Services Block Grant

***CSBG Public Hearing***

A public hearing to offer comments on Tennessee's Community Services Block Grant federal renewal application has been scheduled for Wednesday, August 9, 2017, at 9:30 a.m. (CST). The hearing will take place at the Citizens Plaza Building, 400 Deaderick Street, 2nd Floor, Cumberland River Meeting Room, Nashville, TN 37243. In addition to the public hearing, comments can also be submitted via e-mail to CSBG.DHS@tn.gov or by phone at (615) 313-6683. Public comments will be accepted until August 16, 2017.

The application, needed to draw down federal CSBG funds, can be found by clicking HERE.  


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 Janet Cook, Community and Social Services/CSBG Unit by phone at (615) 313-4892 or by email at Janet.Cook@tn.gov or CSBG.DHS@tn.gov

CSBG Policy & Procedure Manual Effective 12/1/2015

Local agency serving your county

CSBG Agency Contact Information

Attention CSBG Providers: Required CSBG training.