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CSBG Latest News & Resources

June 30, 2022

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CSBG News & Resources

7/8: Deadline for CSBG TTA Needs Assessment Survey Feedback


The Office of Community Services (OCS) invites you to complete an online Comprehensive Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Needs Assessment/Survey. As noted in the CSBG-Dear Colleague Letter (DCL)-2022-28, OCS is committed to strengthening the TTA that is provided. As a reminder, the survey can be accessed using the Comprehensive CSBG TTA Needs Assessment link. The survey will close at 11:59pm ET on Friday, July 8, 2022.

To create a robust and responsive CSBG TTA Learning Agenda, OCS wants to hear from CSBG staff within Tribes and Tribal Organizations. OCS encourages all CSBG staff complete the survey to account for all administrative, programmatic, and fiscal TTA needs. Please ensure that your CSBG staff members are provided access to the survey link and granted ample time to complete the survey. If you have any questions, please contact CSBGTribes@acf.hhs.gov. Thank you in advance for your participation.

OCS looks forward to receiving your input!

90 Day Reminder!
CARES Act & FY 2021 Spending Deadlines


The Goal: 100% of CSBG and CARES Act funds invested in Tribal communities to meet the needs of low-income individuals and families, as well as the organizations that serve them.

Need help ensuring that every dollar is obligated in advance of the September 30, 2022 obligation deadline?

Here are three steps you can take today:
  1. Contact the CSBG Tribal TTA Team at tribalta@luxcg.com or 301-325-3557 for 1:1 support. We are happy to review allowable expenditures and talk through the possibilities with you.
  2. Download the slide deck from the Maximizing the Impact of CSBG Regular & CARES Act Supplemental Funding webinar for quick tips and ideas on expending regular CSBG & CARES Act funding.
  3. Watch the Maximizing the Impact of CSBG Regular & CARES Act Supplemental Funding webinar recording for complete details on expenditure ideas and examples from your colleagues in the CSBG Tribal Network. 
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 childcare 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 tribalta@luxcg.com.

7/6: ACF Assistant Secretary Meet and Greet

Please join the Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Community Assistance (DCA) for a special meet and greet with the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Assistant Secretary January Contreras, as she prepares to mark her first 100 days with ACF. The virtual meet and greet will take place from 2:00-2:45 PM (ET) on Wednesday, July 6.

Assistant Secretary Contreras is excited to speak with the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) grant recipients during her first meeting with OCS. To maximize our time together and ensure we have adequate time to both hear about AS Contreras’ priorities and take questions from grant recipients, we are asking attendees to submit questions in advance of the meeting, so we can try to answer as many questions as possible during the event.

We request that each CSBG grant recipient — state, territory, Tribe and Tribal Organization, state association, and national training and technical assistance partner — pre-register for this session. Please submit any questions for AS Contreras as part of your registration or through this form by Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

New DCA Program Operations Branch Chief

The Office of Community Services (OCS) officially welcomed the new Division of Community Assistance (DCA) Program Operations Branch Chief Verna P. Best on June 21, 2022. Ms. Best will provide leadership in support of the planning, implementation, operation, and management of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Prior to federal service, Ms. Best was the Program Manager for the Wake County Human Services Social and Economic Vitality Initiative in Raleigh, North Carolina.

We are happy to welcome Ms. Best to the CSBG team!

CSBG Program Specialist Regional Assignments

To help support a responsive and meaningful grant recipient experience, the Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Community Assistance (DCA) is announced on June 23, 2022, a realignment of regional assignments for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program Specialists.

To help streamline OCS' work and develop a more inclusive, comprehensive structure that is responsive to and supportive of all grant recipients in each region, each CSBG Program Specialist will now provide support to all of the states, territories, and Tribes and Tribal Organizations within their region(s).

At the federal level, this will help foster a regional view of CSBG activities, enhance opportunities for collaboration across the CSBG Network, and help CSBG Program Specialists to provide timely and targeted assistance.

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:

  • 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.

Tribal Network Annual Meeting Website


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!

News & Resources from
CSBG National Partners

Tribal Vaccine Outreach Video

Lux Consulting Group, Inc. partnered with The National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) to promote COVID-19 vaccine outreach and improve vaccination confidence in Tribal communities. NCAP identified video messaging as one of the easiest and more powerful ways to disseminate accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines. Lux developed one 60-second video to enhance widespread support for COVID-19 vaccine efforts for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Tribal grant recipients.

8/22 - 8/26: World Water Week

The Office of Community Services (OCS) released Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) OCS-DCL-2022-14 today announcing that OCS will host the second annual series of events in observance of World Water Week, August 22 - 26, 2022. Each day, from 2:00pm-3:30pm ET, you will be able to hear from a wide array of grant recipients, water and wastewater experts, and environmental justice and climate change activists.

Thank you for the commitment to the Office of Community Services, and the service to individuals, children and families in communities across the nation.

Get the Latest Information About Baby Formula

The Biden-Harris Administration is pulling every lever to get more safe infant formula to American families as quickly as possible. While the Administration takes steps to get infant formula production in the US on track, faith and community leaders can make sure that communities have the most up-to-date information by visiting www.hhs.gov/formula.

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. 

8/31 - 9/2: NCAP 2022 Annual Convention

Register Today! 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

FDA Authorized Vaccines for Children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized emergency use of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine and the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include use in children down to 6 months of age. 

  • For the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 17 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in adults 18 years of age and older.
  • For the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, the FDA amended the EUA to include use of the vaccine in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. The vaccine had been authorized for use in individuals 5 years of age and older.

7/14: Financial Literacy for Native Youth Webinar

Join the Administration for Native Americans Pacific Region Training and Technical Assistance Center as they host Ed Grocholski, Chief Marketing Officer for Junior Achievement (JA) USA, who will share examples of how JA is working with Indigenous and Tribal communities in several states to help promote financial literacy, and how there is great potential with creating future community partners closer and working closer with more Indigenous and Tribal communities. As part of this presentation, Ed will also explain how JA programs are delivered, the impact they have, and how to engage with Junior Achievement in local communities. The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 3:00pm ET.

Junior Achievement (JA) is one of the country’s leading non-profit economic education organizations. Each year, JA delivers lessons on financial literacy, work and career readiness, and entrepreneurship to more than 2.5 million students in grades K through 12 (ages 5-18), in 103 communities throughout the United States, including Alaska, Hawai'i, and Guam.

CSBG Tribal TTA Program Resources

The Lux CSBG Tribal TTA Program website provides comprehensive resources for CSBG Tribal grant recipients, offers instructional guides & webinars, application tools & templates, information on upcoming events, current funding opportunities, and much more.
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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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Tribal CSBG COVID-19 Resources & Support

The CSBG Tribal TTA Program is maintaining a CSBG Tribal Network COVID-19 Latest News & Resources page on our website. All posts are also forwarded to the CSBG Tribal Network. Please subscribe to receive email notifications. 

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

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