The Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) provides federal funds to designated local governments and non-profit agencies called Community Action Agencies to assist eligible low-income households in attaining the skills, knowledge and motivation necessary to achieve self sufficiency. The agencies may provide a variety of antipoverty services such as emergency health, food, housing, day care, transportation assistance; housing counseling; financial management assistance; nutrition programs including federal surplus food distribution, community gardening projects, food banks, job counseling, placement and training services, and homeless prevention programs.

Ninety percent of the CSBG program funds are allocated to the state's existing network of Community Action Agencies. This is a formula based grant and is not competitive.

Community Services Block Grant – Disaster Relief Supplemental Funds

The Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2019 was signed on June 6, 2019, for CSBG – Disaster Relief Supplemental Funds in the amount of approximately $25 million to be awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services to assist with “necessary expenses directly related to the consequences” of presidentially-declared disasters in 2018 and 2019.

A total of $6.4 million of these funds have been allocated to Florida and will be administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), Division of Community Development. This supplemental funding is intended to provide community services to Floridians impacted by Hurricane Michael in the following 12 counties: Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla and Washington.

DEO is accepting public comment on how the state of Florida intends to use these funds. Floridians have from now until 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 11 to provide public comment. Comments may be submitted by email to

Household Income Limits

Client households must meet 125% of the United States Department of Health and Human Services' low-income poverty guidelines and allowable and unallowable sources of income.

Household Income Limits Effective October 1, 2018
Number of
People in Household
Maximum Annual
Household Income
1 $15,175
2 $20,575
3 $25,975
4 $31,375
5 $36,775
6 $42,175
7 $47,575
8 $52,975
For each person over 8 people,
add this amount

How To Apply for Assistance

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