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CSBG Tribal Network Newsletter

October 2018


Dear CSBG Tribal Network,

I hope everyone is doing well.
We look forward to connecting with you during the Fall CSBG Tribal Network Update Session tomorrow at 3 pm Eastern. During our session, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe will share information about their CSBG initiatives, successes, and challenges. If you haven't already, please register to join us! 

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to present at a future update session to share your CSBG program highlights, please contact Lizette Rivera at

As always, please let us know if you have any program updates or recommendations for future newsletters. We are always happy to hear from you!

All the best, 

Nicole Oxendine
Director, Tribal Training & Technical Assistance
Under contract with the HHS/ACF Office of Community Services,
the CSBG Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Program connects CSBG Tribal grantees
and provides information and assistance to maximize the results of CSBG funding.

In this Issue:                     

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Self-Sufficiency Series: Solutions from the Field

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has announced a new blog series, Self-Sufficiency Series: Solutions from the FieldHHS’s Strategic Plan sets goals for HHS to encourage self-sufficiency and personal responsibility, and eliminate barriers to economic opportunity (Objective 3.1) and to support strong families and healthy marriage, and prepare children and youth for healthy, productive lives (Objective 3.3). This blog series profiles local programs from across the country finding solutions to accomplish these goals. Learn more.

Weatherization Day

October 30 is Weatherization Day, a dedicated time to honor and promote the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and your good work. This is a great time to involve your partners in publicizing your activities. Bringing in partners – like healthy homes, CSBG, housing, State Energy Program, and LIHEAP stakeholders – can build support for the WAP and show how connected the program is to the community. Looking for ideas on how to get involved with Weatherization Day? The National Association for Community Services Program (NASCSP) has several resources to assist with your Weatherization Day efforts. 
Center for American Indian Health

Hub for American Indian Youth Suicide Prevention

The John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is one of three national organizations awarded a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to form a regional hub to advance best practices to prevent suicide among Native American youth. The Center is focused in the Southwest region and is partnering with the White Mountain Apache, Navajo Nation, Cherokee Nation, Hualapai Tribe, and San Carlos Apache Tribe. The White Mountain Apache Tribe is providing key leadership to share their evidence-based tribally mandated surveillance and case management system with other tribal partners while continuing to build and evaluate prevention interventions serving youth identified by the surveillance system. 

This September, the Southwest Hub received supplemental funds from NIMH to expand the scope of work to analyze the role of opioids in suicide, to investigate the cost-effectiveness of preventing suicidal behavioral, and the use mobile applications to aid surveillance and case management. Learn More.

Disaster Relief Toolkit

HUD’s Office of Housing Counseling released the Housing Counseling Disaster Recovery Toolkit. The toolkit is a new online guide created to help Housing Counseling Agencies prepare for disaster events and engage with local partners that receive funding following disasters. The toolkit features two related guides:
  • Preparing for A Disaster walks through an organizational planning process to effectively prepare a disaster in your community. It also provides guidance on how to work with other stakeholders to participate in disaster planning efforts as well as how to counsel clients on preparedness.
  • Operating Post Disaster highlights actions to take to adjust to a post-disaster environment. This includes immediate steps to help ensure the continuity of operations and longer-term efforts to participate in community recovery and assist clients in post-disaster recovery.

Report on Native Youth in Justice Systems

On September 5, 2018, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled "Native American Youth: Involvement in Justice Systems and Information on Grants to Help Address Juvenile Delinquency." The report provides a national landscape of the Native youth in justice systems across the country. Commissioned due to disproportionate risk factors and unique jurisdictional issues for Native youth, this report examines data regarding Native youth that came into contact with the juvenile justice system and available funding for tribes to support court involved. Learn more.

Project Planning & Development Training

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is offering a FREE 3-day in-person training, 2018 Project Planning & Development Training, in each region. The session offers a "nuts and bolts" training on how to develop a sound and competitive application proposal. The training session is offered free of charge to Tribes and American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native, and other Native American Pacific Islander non-profit organizations. To register for an upcoming training event, click the links below!

Alaskan Region

Eastern Region

Pacific Region 

Western Region


Tribal Grants Education & TA Webinar Series

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is hosting a FREE Grants Education and Technical Assistance Webinar Series for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, Indian Health, Tribal, and Urban Indian Health Programs. Learn about the federal grant application process, how to write better grant proposals and evaluation plans for your projects, strategies for successful grant management, and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with HRSA subject matter experts, grant reviewers, as well as peers, to discuss best practices and barriers to successful grants application and management. Webinars are held on the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET. Learn more.
Healthy Native Youth

Community of Practice- Virtual Meetings

Healthy Native Youth is hosting weekly virtual meetings, Community of Practice, held the second Wednesday every month at 10 am PST.  The 1 hour long monthly meetings are meant to share the strengths and expertise on how to improve the lives of Native youth. The meetings include new resources, and an opportunity to engage in a didactic session focused on how our collaboration can serve our youth. Learn more.


CAP Fall 2018 Webinar Wednesdays

The National Community Action Partnership (CAP) is providing relevant and timely training and updates spanning across all Partnership programs in their Fall 2018 Webinar Series. The CAP webinars will be held every Wednesday at 2:00 pm Eastern Time. Visit the CAP website for the most up-to-date information on webinars, conferences, and in-person training. 

CSBG Online Resource Center

Upcoming Events

October 17
Free Webinar
Fall CSBG Tribal Network Update Session

October 17 - 19
Maui Island, HI
Project Planning & Development Training

October 23 - 25
Choctaw, MS
Project Planning & Development Training

October 23 - 25
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Project Planning & Development Training

October 23 - 25
Guahan, Micronesia
Project Planning & Development Training

October 25
Free Webinar
Language as Community Engagement 

October 31 - November 2
Oʻahu Island, HI
Project Planning & Development Training

November 1 - 2
Suitland, MD
National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations (National Advisory Committee) Public Meeting

November 6 - 8
Kauaʻi Island, HI
Project Planning & Development Training

November 6 - 8
Niagra, NY
Project Planning & Development Training

November 6 - 8
Sacramento, CA
The Business of Indian Agriculture & Business Planning Development Training Workshops

November 6 - 8 
Denver, CO
HUD Tribal Environmental Public Health Symposium and ITEP Developing and Implementing Tribal SW Codes Training

November 12 -14
Anchorage, AK
Project Planning & Development Training

December 10 -14
Lakewood, CO
2018 Office of Indian Energy Program Review

For more information on virtual, local, and national events for Tribal communities, please access the CSBG Tribal Online Resource Center's Event Calendar.
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Each month we post other grant funding opportunities for Tribes and Tribal organizations on the CSBG Tribal TA Online Resource Center. We encourage everyone to take advantage of these additional grants which will help those in your community. 

Please visit our Funding Opportunities and Funding Resources pages.
Other Resources

Other Resources

Wondering if you missed a communication from OCS? The Office of Community Services (OCS) maintains an archive of all Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Dear Colleague Letters.

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) sends a weekly digest filled with resources to help Tribes and Tribal Associations. Grant opportunities, informational webinars, a resource library, and key events are a few of the topics covered each week.

The Community Action Partnership (CAP) is the nonprofit, national membership organization representing the interests of the 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country that annually help 17 million low-income Americans achieve economic security. CAP's National CSBG Training Center has many helpful resources for local programs, including online program management tools and webinars.

The Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to providing the legal, governance and management resources necessary to sustain and strengthen the national Community Action Agency (CAA) network. Through its in-house staff and a network of private attorneys, CAPLAW provides consultations, training, and resources on a wide variety of legal, governance and management topics. 
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