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CSBG Tribal Network Newsletter

March 2019

Dear CSBG Tribal Network,

Happy (almost) Spring! 

I hope you have had a chance to look over the CSBG FY19 Mid-Year Check In sent last week. Now is a great time for mid-year reflection and planning and the Mid-Year Checklist is a helpful tool to guide you. Please check out the article below for more information.

As always, if you have any program updates or recommendations for future newsletters, please feel free to let us know.

We are always happy to hear from you!

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:                     

CAP's Whole Family Approach Webinar Today

Due to increased demand for more examples of whole family approach success stories, the Community Action Partnership (CAP) announced the continuation of their Whole Family Transformation Stories webinar mini-series. Join CAP today for the second installment of this mini-series. Participants will hear from CAP Network members - Metropolitan Action Commission, Central Missouri Community Action, and Community Action, Inc. - as they share their learning and transformation as they've worked to implement a whole family approach. Resources and takeaways for replication will be shared.
Whole Family Approach Practice Transformation Stories
Today, March 13, 2019 - 2pm (ET)
Register Today!

CAP continues to offer a free national webinar series entitled, Webinar Wednesdays. The webinar topics include Whole Family Approaches, Integrated Services, Financial Empowerment, Homelessness, Health Intersections, Data-Centered Organizations, and Community Level Work. View their calendar for a full list of future webinars.

Tribal Stakeholder & Virtual Listening Session 

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is hosting two webinar sessions which are meant to compile the views of Tribal stakeholders to inform the BJA federal-tribal partnership and grant-making priorities. The voice and perspective of the Tribal community are essential in building a successful Tribal funding agenda that addresses both urgent and ongoing criminal justice needs. The Tribal Stakeholder Preparatory Session, scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, and the Virtual Tribal Listening Session, scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, fulfill the FY 2019 Congressional directive that BJA consults closely with Tribal stakeholders in determining how to award BJA Tribal assistance funds. For more information and to register for these events click here.

Comments for HHS Tribal Consultation Policy

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are working together to ensure their relationships and partnerships with Tribal communities both continue and grow stronger. That is why they are seeking comments to help them evaluate the HHS Tribal Consultation Policy. The comment period has been extended and the deadline has been changed to this Friday, March 15. Please consider reviewing and evaluating the policy to help ANA & HHS improve the mechanisms and activities that best benefit your communities. You can submit your comments by email to or by standard mail to:

Stacey Ecoffey, Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave SW Room 620-E
Washington, DC 20201

If you have questions or concerns please contact Stacey Ecoffey, Principal Advisor for Tribal Affairs, via email at or via phone at (202) 690-6060.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAD), a day to consider the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. This national observance, sponsored by a coalition of partners, assists Native organizations, Tribes, state health departments, and other organizations serving Native populations. With more than 560 federally recognized AI/AN Tribes and 170 languages, cultural diversity can pose a challenge in HIV prevention. Poverty, the stigma associated with gay relationships and HIV, barriers to mental health care, and high rates of alcohol and drug abuse and STDs all increase the risk of HIV in Native communities and create obstacles to HIV prevention and treatment as well. Native communities are working to overcome these barriers by increasing HIV/AIDS awareness, encouraging HIV testing, and promoting entry into medical care. Please access the resources below to make a difference in your community.


NICWA's 37th Annual Conference

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is hosting their 37th Annual Protecting Our Children conference in Albuquerque, NM From Mach 31 to April 3, 2019. The conference creates a space where participants can learn about the latest developments and best practices from experts in the field and from one another. Participants represent a cross-section of fields and interests including child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice service providers; legal professionals; students; advocates for children; and Tribal, state, and federal leaders. Keynote speakers range from federal officials at the highest level of government to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems. The CSBG Tribal T&TA Program will be attending, please let us know if we'll see you there! Learn more and register today!

CSBG Mid-Year Check In

As we approach the half-way point in the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) fiscal year, now is an excellent time to reflect on the FY19 progress and FY20 planning for your program.

Consider the following as part of your CSBG Mid-Year Check In

1. Maximizing FY19 Funding

The Office of Community Services (OCS) has released 2nd Quarter allocations and all grantees have been sent a Notice of Grant Award letter from the Office of Grant Management. The letter also provides the full FY19 allotment for your program and requirements for drawing down funding through the DHHS Payment Management System (PMS). Now is a good time to ensure that a clear plan is in place for your program to fully obligate and draw down all FY19 funding. (Please note that all CSBG funds must be fully obligated within a two-year period.) 

2. FY19 Program Data & Annual Report Preparation

Ideally, your program is collecting ongoing program information, feedback, and data about the services provided, clients served, service impact, and progress toward planned goals and results. The information collected is an important part of the continuous planning and evaluation process that helps to inform the growth and progress of your program. The information collected will also be needed to complete the mandatory CSBG FY19 Annual Report due on September 1, 2019. For more information on the CSBG Annual Report, see Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Tribal Plan & Application Tool Guide for Tribes & Tribal Organizations.

3. Planning Ahead for FY20

It is not too early to plan ahead for your upcoming FY20 CSBG Tribal Plan. Is your team ready to assess current organizational and community needs to determine how to target funding for the upcoming fiscal year? Also, most grantees will need to develop a new one- or two-year CSBG Tribal Plan this year (unless your program is in the middle of an approved two-year plan). Your new CSBG Tribal Plan will need public hearings well in advance of the September 1, 2019, FY20 application due date. Remember: Advance scheduling and planning for community feedback supports the achievement of the maximum feasible community participation at the heart of the CSBG program.

To help, we've put together a CSBG Mid-Year Check In reminder sheet and checklist.

CSBG Tribal Grantees Attend NASCSP

Last month, The Office of Community Services (OCS) worked with the National Association for State Community Services Program (NASCSP)  to welcome five CSBG Tribal grantees from across the nation to NASCSP Winter Training Conference in Arlington, Virginia. The Tribes that were able to attend included: Ponca Tribe (Nebraska), Chippewa Cree Tribe (Montana), White Mountain Apache (Arizona), Spirit Lake Sioux (North Dakota), and Sitka Tribe (Alaska). During the conference, grantees had the opportunity to meet and speak with OCS officials, State CSBG offices, CSBG National Partners, and each other.

A special thank you to the Chippewa Cree Tribe who led the CSBG Tribal Networking Breakfast in prayer in their Native language, followed by a prayer in English. It was truly a wonderful experience for OCS and the CSBG Tribal T&TA team to sit down with many of these Tribal grantees and learn more about their programs and how we can highlight their success in the upcoming year. 

Department of Health and Human Services

2019 Poverty Guidelines Now Available

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued the annual update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines. It is important to remember that these guidelines are different from the poverty threshold, which is used to determine poverty statistics by the US Census Bureau. The poverty guidelines are issued each year in the Federal Register by HHS.  The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, the criteria for eligibility to participate in or receive assistance from federal programs. View or download the 2019 HHS Poverty Guidelines. 

ANA's 2019 FOAs Webinar Recording

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) released their 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). Deadline to apply is April 15, 2019. To assist individuals in completing a successful ANA grant application, ANA offered a free training webinar on March 7, ANA's 2019 FOAs: What You Need to Know Webinar

The webinar focused on three primary objectives:

  1. Provide an overview of the five ANA FOAs
  2. Understand changes to the 2019 FOAs
  3. Review the ANA Project Framework and new FOA content requirements

If you’re planning on applying for one of ANA’s 2019 FOAs, we encourage you to attend this recorded- webinar, hosted by members of ANA's Training and Technical Assistance team. 

Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Each month, we post 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. 

March 2019 Deadline Highlights

CNAY Scholarship: Deadline Extended: March 15

Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Grant Program: March 18

Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages: March 20

Healthy Children Healthy Nations FundMarch 25

Please visit our Funding Opportunities and Funding Resources pages for more information about currently available funding opportunities.
CSBG Online Resource Center

Upcoming Events

March 15
Free Webinar
Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign Q&A Information Webinar

March 19 -20
Tahlequah, OK
Grant Writing & Grants Management Training 

March 19 - 22
Maui, HI
2019 He Au Honua: Indigenous Research Conference

March 20 - 22 
Washington, DC
The National Community Action Foundation Annual Conference

March 21
Free Webinar
Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign Q&A Information Webinar

March 21 - 22
Reno, NV
Nevada Department of Education's Annual American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Education Summit 

March 22
Free Webinar
NIEA College and Career Readiness Webinar

March 26
Free Webinar
Virtual Tribal Listening Session

March 26 - 27
Sacramento, CA
Indian Housing Plan (IHP)/ Annual Performance Report (APR) Training

March 26 - 28
Albuquerque, NM
14th Circle of Harmony HIV/AIDS Wellness Conference

March 27 - 29
Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma Association of Community Action Agencies Anual Conference  

March 31 - April 4
Albuquerque, NM
37th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference

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

The National Association for State Community Services Program (NASCSP) is a nonprofit membership organization representing state CSBG administrators. NASCSP provides research, analysis, training and technical assistance to state CSBG offices, community action agencies, and state associations.
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