Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded program that provides formulaic grants to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. Colorado has 32 eligible local entities working under nine CSBG federal objectives including employment, education, income management, housing, emergency services, nutrition, linkages with other programs, self sufficiency, and health. 

  • Employment
  • Education and Cognitive Development
  • Income, Infrastructure, and Asset Building
  • Housing
  • Health and Social/Behavioral Development (includes Nutrition)
  • Civic Engagement and Community Involvement
  • Services Supporting Multiple Domains  
  • Linkages (e.g. partnerships that support multiple domains)
  • Agency Capacity Building
  • Other (e.g. emergency management/disaster relief)

CSBG is not open for applications, it is provided to already established eligible entities across Colorado. 


Annual Allocation

Per statute, 90% of CSBG funds are allocated to the eligible entities, while 5% is for administration and 5% is for discretionary awards. DOLA prioritizes the training, technical assistance and capacity needs of its CSBG grantees as the primary priority for discretionary funding.


2018 Draft CSBG Colorado Model State Plan

A public hearing on this plan was held as part of our statewide conference on poverty on Thursday, August 10th at Elevation Hotel in Crested Butte, CO at 12:15pm.


Program Contacts

Alex Vercio
Grant Administrator 
(303) 864-8431
Alison Williams Helm
Financial Assistance Manager
(303) 864-7897