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CSBG Latest News & Resources

July 29, 2022

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CSBG News & Resources

8/4: Register Today! FY23 Application Reminders & FAQs Webinar

Please join the Office of Community Services (OCS) and the CSBG Tribal TTA team for a live FY 2023 CSBG Tribal Plan & Application Reminders & FAQs Webinar on August 4 at 2:00pm Eastern to help current and prospective Tribal grant recipients prepare their FY 2023 CSBG Tribal Plans & Applications. The OCS Tribal team will be available to answer questions. Register today!

All CSBG Tribal grant recipients are encouraged to participate in this webinar.

In addition, FY 2023 CSBG Application Season TTA information, tools, and resources can be found on the CSBG Tribal Online Resource Center, including the live FY 2023 CSBG Tribal Plan & Application Information Session recording, FY 2023 CSBG Tribal Plan & Application Fillable-PDF Tool, FY 2023 CSBG Tribal Plan & Application Instructions Training Webinar, and Step-by-Step OLDC Instructions for FY 2023 CSBG Tribal Plan & Application Submission

Please remember — All CSBG Tribal grant recipients must submit an updated SF-424M form and funding application every year by September 1, including those with a two-year CSBG Tribal Plan, unless otherwise directed under a P.L. 102-477 agreement. 

The CSBG Tribal TTA Team is happy to support all aspects of your CSBG Tribal Plan & Application process. Please feel free to contact us at tribalta@luxcg.com or (301) 244-3557.

60 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.

Mitigating Heat Stress in Vulnerable Populations

The Office of Community Services (OCS) released Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) CSBG-DCL-2022-41 on July 27 to highlight the many ways the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) can assist in mitigating heat stress for vulnerable populations impacted by recent heat waves. During this past week, more than 100 million people across the country—almost one-third of the U.S. population—were under excessive heat warnings or heat advisories. The climate crisis is making heat waves more intense and frequent, endangering communities and vulnerable households across the country. Communities of color and low-income households disproportionately feel the threat of extreme weather as they are more likely to live in “urban heat islands” and are often unable to afford adequate air conditioning due to economic factors.

Extreme Heat’s Impact on Health and Safety

Warmer temperatures increase the risk of a diverse range of negative health outcomes. When people are exposed to extreme heat, they can suffer from potentially fatal illnesses. Health risks include dehydration which can lead to blood pressure issues and kidney injury; heat exhaustion which can lead to heat stroke if not treated; and worsening asthma and chronic pulmonary disease.

We know that extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather-related event, with approximately 700 deaths and 9,200 hospitalizations each year because of extreme heat. A recent New York City study shows that the rate at which Black people die from extreme heat is twice as high as other racial and ethnic groups, making extreme heat both a public health emergency and a racial and environmental justice crisis. Additional populations that face more significant health risks from extreme heat include people who are elderly and live alone, have existing health conditions, have poor access to healthcare, live in rural areas, work outdoors, have low incomes, live in deficient housing, and live in urban areas without adequate tree cover. Children are also particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness and death, as their bodies are less able to adapt to heat than adults, and they must rely on others to help keep them safe.

How Can CSBG Help?

CSBG funds can be used for summer crisis assistance and disaster response to mitigate the effects of heat stress and extreme heat events. Given CSBG’s block grant structure, grant recipients have the flexibility to adjust current programs or implement new programs to mitigate the risks of weather-related events, including current and future heat waves. Grant recipients are not required to obtain prior approval from OCS before implementing these kinds of measures. Grant recipients can implement changes, programs, and policies to help address heat stress immediately. If significant policy changes are required, such as a major change to a state’s use of its discretionary T/TA funds, grant recipients may submit a revised CSBG State Plan within a reasonable amount of time after implementing the policy change(s) in order to provide documentation.

The CSBG-DCL-2022-41 provides Tribal grant recipients with innovative strategies and additional online information resources to help leverage the flexibility of CSBG funding to support a multitude of activities to mitigate heat stress.

Take Action Within Your Communities

Please begin to take immediate action by building public awareness and strengthening community services and responses to extreme heat. OCS is counting on you to take the additional crucial steps needed to assist vulnerable communities during this intense heat period and other similar heat waves that are very likely to hit this summer. Please contact your CSBG Program Specialist with any questions.

Thank you for your attention to these matters. OCS looks forward to continuing to provide high-quality services to OCS partners.

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:

  • 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!

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CSBG National Partners

OCS Relaunches Customer-Facing Energy Help Website FY 2022

OCS is excited to announce the relaunch of energyhelp.us, which is the consumer-facing website for information on how to apply for LIHEAP services.

Please share this information widely with your networks and partners. We can work together to ensure that families know that LIHEAP is available to help them stay safe in their homes all year long.

You can also follow OCS on Twitter (@OCS_ACFgov) and amplify LIHEAP-related content using #LIHEAP.

8/22 - 8/26: World Water Week

The Office of Community Services (OCS) released Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) OCS-DCL-2022-14 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 Eastern, 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.

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.

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.

Additional News & Resources

8/11: Family and Child Advocacy Centers Webinar

The Alaska Region TTA Center will hold an hour-long webinar to highlight Indigenous family and child advocacy centers around the nation. These incredible advocacy centers offer services to children and families to assist in their physical, mental, and spiritual healing journeys after abuse, homelessness, or other hardships. Each presenter will share information and best practices from their centers. If you are interested in learning more about these services, please register today and join the webinar on August 11 at 11:00am AKDT (3:00pm Eastern).

8/18: Back to School, Back to Work: Navigating Financial Assistance for Children & Families

The reality many working families are facing today is needing childcare and/or financial assistance in order to return to work. The Pacific Region TTA Center will hold a webinar to connect Native families with affordable, Native-led childcare and other early educational opportunities, provide local resources that can reduce the cost of school lunches and outline other family assistance funding and programs available to your community provided under the various ACF program offices. If you are interested in learning more about these services, please register today and join the webinar on August 18 at 3:00pm Eastern.

Expiration Date Extension of COVID-19 At-Home Tests

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a list of authorized At-Home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests in a table to provide details that may help consumer to decide what test is right for them. It will allow consumers to check the expiration date column of the List of Authorized At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests to see if the expiration date for their at-home OTC COVID-19 test has been extended and how to find any new expiration date.

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home tests. Order yours today!

Need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests? Call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

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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