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June 2, 2022

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CSBG Tribal Network 2022 Annual Meeting Resources & Recordings

We look forward to continuing to hear about your CSBG Tribal programs, ideas, questions, and discussing the flexibilities of CSBG together.

As a reminder: We would like your feedback on the 2022 CSBG Annual Meeting! Please complete the CSBG Tribal Network 2022 Annual Meeting - Feedback Form. Your thoughts are much appreciated! 

The CSBG Tribal Network 2022 Annual Meeting website — including all event recordings and resources — remains live and open to the entire CSBG Tribal Network. You can access all of the workshop recordings and resources through the Schedule & Access section of the site. We hope you will explore and find the materials helpful! Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

We are happy to provide any 1:1 support needed. You can reach us at and (301) 244-3557. As always, we are here and happy to hear from you!

CARES Act & FY 2021 Spending Resources & Reminders

With the end of the fiscal year fast approaching, there are four months left to obligate your CSBG CARES Act Supplemental Funding and FY 2021 CSBG regular funding before the September 30, 2022 obligation deadline. Ensuring every dollar of CSBG funding is effectively invested on behalf of low income families is critical to our Tribal communities. The Maximizing the Impact of CSBG Regular & CARES Act Supplemental Funding session held during the CSBG Tribal Network 2022 Annual Meeting offered some excellent ideas for expending regular CSBG & CARES Act funding. Check out the session recording and slide deck for more information. 

Here are just a few of the ways CSBG dollars can be utilized that were highlighted in the session: 
  • Consumer Supports - food, school supplies, transportation - gas, car repairs/maintenance, and public transportation cards
  • Children & Youth Activities - summer camps, sports, culture & arts camps, language schools, and scholarships
  • Emergency/Crisis Assistance - collaborations with LIHEAP, LIHWAP, ERA
  • Employment and Job Training - enhanced child care access to support employment, collaboration with other programs, training enrollment fees
  • Health and Wellness Activities - doctor visit co-pays, transportation expenses, 
  • Housing - rent, mortgage and utility assistance, and repairs
  • Organizational Capacity - training, support, organizational preparedness, upgrading policies and procedures
  • Pop Up Events - food distribution, baby items, school supplies
  • Tribal Small Business Supports - PPE to childcare centers/homes, coaching to low-income entrepreneurs, and mentorship programs
  • Technology - improved capacity for organization, families, and students
  • Community/Client Engagement - Pay low-income clients or independent contractor to hold focus groups to assess post-pandemic needs, conduct door-to-door community outreach campaigns, or establish robust client advisory groups
Need support? Interested in expanding your CSBG Tribal Plan programming? The CSBG Tribal TTA team can set up a call to review your CSBG Tribal Plan and discuss the possibilities. Contact us at

CSBG National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) Virtual Event

The Office of Community Services (OCS) is pleased to share an opportunity for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network to participate in a virtual convening on responsible fatherhood. The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), invites the CSBG Network to “Leading the DRIVE: A Fatherhood Summit on Diversity, Reentry, Inclusion, Vision, and Employment.” This virtual event has been organized by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), a national resource funded by OFA.

This two-day virtual event on June 15-16, 2022 will focus on promising practices that create equitable access to programs and services for all fathers. Workshops will be organized around the topics of Diversity, Reentry, Inclusion, Vision, and Employment (DRIVE) to encourage attendees to Lead the DRIVE to fatherhood excellence in their communities. Presenters will include researchers, practitioners, and fathers who will share their lived experiences.

During this event, OFA will:
  • Examine policies that negatively impact fathers and limit access.
  • Highlight policies and strategies that increase access to services for fathers.
  • Discuss racial equity and inclusion in fatherhood program delivery.
  • Reflect on the experience of previously incarcerated fathers as they return to their families and communities and learn about successful strategies to help them navigate their journeys.
  • Learn how program leaders have shared their visions for success with program staff, funders, fathers, and policy makers.
  • Share and discuss qualitative and quantitative research findings about low-income fathers and disseminate best and promising practices that address their needs.
Across the nation, many fathers encounter barriers, which limits their capacity to effectively provide stability and nurturing to their families. These barriers stand evermore true in serving fathers with low income and fathers reentering their community after a period of incarceration as their situation often presents additional roadblocks and oppositions that require added support.

As Father’s Day approaches, OCS encourages you to participate in this virtual event and explore additional fatherhood initiatives you can implement as we continue to work toward the goals of strengthening families and effective parenting.

You can register for the event at: Leading the DRIVE: A Fatherhood Summit in Diversity, Reentry, Inclusion, Vision, and Employment.

ACF Response to Infant Formula Shortage

As many of you are aware, our nation is facing an infant formula shortage. In the Dear Colleague Letter released on May 26, 2022, OCS, alongside ACF and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state they are committed to ensuring that infant formula is safe and available to families across the country. OCS acknowledges that grant recipients, especially the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Network, are already mobilizing to respond to this crisis and meet the nutritional needs of vulnerable families and individuals. HHS released a Fact Sheet: Helping Families Find Formula During the Infant Formula Shortage in hopes that this fact sheet will serve as a useful resource in your efforts.  To ensure families are connected to the vital services provided by Community Action Agencies (CAAs), OCS worked with HHS and the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) to include the Community Action Agency Locator Tool in this fact sheet.

HHS Annual Regional Tribal Consultations

The 2022 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Annual Regional Tribal Consultation sessions will be held virtually and in-person, with an opportunity to provide written testimony to HHS by e-mail. These sessions are designed for Tribal leaders to have the opportunity to address HHS on how HHS can improve Tribal outreach and coordination, and to discuss programmatic and policy issues and concerns with Tribes.

The Tribal Consultation remaining dates are:

  • June 7–8, 2022: HHS Region 8
  • June 15-16, 2022: HHS Region 4
  • June 21–22, 2022: HHS Region 3
  • June 28, 2022: HHS Region 1
  • July 12–14, 2022: HHS Region 7
  • July 19-20, 2022: HHS Region 5
  • July 26–28, 2022: HHS Region 9
  • August 16–17, 2022: HHS Region 6
  • August 22–24, 2022: HHS Region 10

More information and registration links for each region can be found in the Dear Tribal Leader letter.

News & Resources from
CSBG National Partners

6/2: Rescheduled Embracing Elders Webinar

Join the Alaska Region Training and Technical Assistance Center to hear how an Alaskan organization is embracing Elders wisdom, knowledge, and experience to guide all components of their language and culture program. This webinar has been rescheduled to Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 3:00 PM Eastern.

6/9: Two Spirits Webinar

To celebrate our Two Spirits in the Native community, leader(s) from the Montana Two Spirit Society will share their story of how they got to be one of the long-standing social groups that advocates and educate the broader LGBTQ community and broader public about Two Spirit history, traditions, and issues that the Two Spirit endures. The group also promotes health, wellness and spiritual well-being by social events and connections. The webinar, hosted by the Alaska Region Training and Technical Assistance Center, will be held on June 9, 2022 at 11:00 AM Alaska.

Community Economic Development (CED) Grant Available

The FY 2022 Community Economic Development (CED) Standing Notice of Funding Opportunity (SNOFO) is now available. CED grants are awarded to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) that address the economic needs of individuals with low income through the creation of sustainable business development and employment opportunities. CED-funded projects create or expand businesses, create new jobs for individuals with low incomes, and leverage funding investments in communities.
To be eligible for the CED program, an applicant must meet the following three conditions:
  1. Applicant must be a private, non-profit CDC with 501(c)(3) status.
  2. Applicant must have articles of incorporation or bylaws demonstrating that the CDC has a principal purpose in the planning, developing, or managing of low income housing or community economic development activities.
  3. The Board of Directors must have representation from each of the following: community residents, business leaders, and civic leaders.
Applications for the FY 2022 CED NOFO are due on July 11, 2022. 

Partnering to Advance Health Equity

Both Community Action and public health aim to improve the lives of the individuals, families, and communities that they serve. While the Community Action Network is focused on reducing the causes and conditions of poverty and connecting people to greater opportunity, public health is the science and practice of protecting and improving the health of people and communities. In the new report on community action and public health, some of the successes and challenges these entities experienced in partnering with public health are described. Opportunities for future collaborations between the two sectors to best meet the needs of people experiencing poverty are also explored.

8/31-09/02: NCAP 2022 Annual Convention

Save the Date! The NCAP Annual Convention will be held August 31 - September 2, 2022 in New York City, NY. The convention will be designed to provide Community Action Agency professionals and Tribal grant recipients the latest policy and programmatic updates as well as management and governance tools. Special emphasis will be placed on effective strategies for transforming communities and changing the lives of Community Action customers.

Tribal grant recipients are being offered a discounted NCAP member rate. The discount code "EARLYBIRD1" will ensure the member rate is received throughout the registration timeline. For information on how to create an account in NCAP's new association management system/register for the convention, please visit the conference webpage, and scroll down to the “Registration” section.

Key topic areas will include: COVID-19 Response, Presidential and Administrative Policy Shifts, Head Start Administrative and Programmatic Best Practices, Social Enterprise, Performance Management and Measurement, Racial Equity, Two Gen Approaches to Ending Poverty, Human Resource Management, Fiscal Management, Leadership Skill Development, Agency Transformation, Energy, Climate Change, and Advocacy.

Additional News & Resources

Emergency Management Performance & Tribal Homeland Security Grant 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released an announcement on an upcoming virtual consultation to discuss upcoming grant programs. This consultation will take place on June 22, 2022 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern via Zoom.

Specifically, a discussion will be facilitated on the Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) and the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP) by leadership from the Resilience and the Grant Programs Directorate. Topics highlighted at the consultation will include Tribal emergency preparedness grant funding needs, Tribal barriers to accessing grant funds, and other Tribal needs related to building resilience within your communities.

For additional questions and to submit comments, please email or contact your FEMA regional Tribal Liaison by July 22, 2022.

Affordable Connectivity Program Provides Monthly Subsidy for Internet Service 

The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) provides eligible households with a discount on their monthly internet service and purchase of a computer. The Affordable Connectivity Program, which is made possible by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, is accepted by many Internet Service Providers. Eligible households living on qualifying Tribal lands may receive a discount of up to $75 a month to cover the cost of internet service. Additionally, eligible households may receive a one-time subsidy of $100 for a computer device. To help promote this program, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has developed a Mini-Guide to the ACP, which provides:

  • An overview of the ACP program;
  • Tips and best practices from two Public Housing Authorities that are actively enrolling residents in ACP; and
  • Links to additional materials, including informational flyers in a variety of languages. 

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Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Please visit our Funding Opportunities webpage for information about the following funding opportunities in addition to other currently available and ongoing funding opportunities. A few application deadlines are fast approaching.

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In addition, please feel free to contact the Tribal TTA Team at and (301) 244-3557, or contact OCS Program Specialist, Isaac Davis at and (202) 401-5335, with any questions. We are happy to support you!

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