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CSBG Tribal Network Newsletter

February 2019

Dear CSBG Tribal Network,

I hope everyone is well!

Thank you to all of those who were able to join us for our Winter CSBG Tribal Network Update Session. A special thank you to Nancy Carnley and her team at the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama for being the Winter CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight presentation of 2019. To learn more about their presentation please view the article below. We will continue to highlight the great work of our Tribal grantees throughout the year. Volunteer today to be our next CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight presentation!

If you were unable to attend and want to learn more about the session and the latest available resources, please view the session summary available now online. 

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:                     

Winter CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight

Nancy Carnley, Director of the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama's (MCLCITA) CSBG Program, volunteered to serve as the Winter CSBG Tribal Grantee Spotlight of 2019. The presentation highlighted the history of the MCLCITA including an overview of their historical Tribal leaders, the effects of the Indian Removal Act of 1830 on their Tribe, and their steps towards state recognition. The presentation highlighted how their CSBG funds were used to assist those in need with emergency shelter and supplies, as well as, stories of the Tribe's community garden, and how their unique state and local partnerships play an essential part of ensuring their clients receive the services they need. Feel free to learn more about the Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama and view their presentation slides on the CSBG Tribal Online Resource Center.

CSBG FY19 2nd Quarter Allocations

The Office of Community Services has issued CSBG Dear Colleague Letter Re: Release of Quarter 2 FY 2019 Funds. On September 28, 2018, the President signed the Department of Defense and Labor, Health
and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act, 2019 and Continuing Appropriations
Act, 2019 (Public Law 115-245). The letter includes a chart outlining the amounts allocated to all states, territories, and Tribes through March 31, 2019. View the 2nd Quarter Allocations, and other CSBG Dear Colleague Letters targeted to Tribes and Tribal Organizations on the CSBG Tribal Training & TA Online Resource Center's OCS Communications page.

ANA 2019 Pre-Application Training

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) released their 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). To assist with individuals in completing a successful ANA grant application, ANA is offering a FREE in-person Pre-Application training in each region. They have also released the 2019 Pre-Application Training Manual, designed to help applicants develop a clear and concise application. To register for an upcoming training event, click the links below!

Alaskan Region

Eastern Region

Pacific Region 

Western Region

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. 

Office of Indian Energy Program Review 

The 2018 Office of Indian Energy Program Review, held last December in Denver, Colorado, welcomed Indian and Alaskan Native Tribes from across the country as they came together to report on how they are using Office of Indian Energy grant funding to advance their energy self-sufficiency. If you would like to learn about the recent successes, lessons learned, and benefits from these Tribal energy projects, please view or download the  Program Review presentations on the Office of Indian Energy website.

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TVAM). TDVAM is a national effort to raise awareness and protect teens from violence. What is Teen Dating Violence? Dating/Relationship Violence occurs when one intimate or romantic partner tries to maintain power and control over the other through words and actions that are physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially abusive. You can make a difference by encouraging your school, community-based organizations, Tribal leaders, parents, and teens to join together to prevent teen dating violence– both at home and in our communities. Please access the resources below to make a difference in your community


  • Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Western T&TA Region: Register for the free webinar, Youth Development: Promoting Healthy Relationships, airing February 21 at 3:00 PMThe webinar will feature the ANA grantees, the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board, and their culturally-relevant resources and tools.

  • ACF/Office of Trafficking In Persons and Administration for Native Americans: View or download the Native Youth Toolkit on Human Trafficking-Combating Trafficking and access local and national events and downloadable resources.

  • National Indigenous Women Resource Center (NIWRC): Access the Native Love Page for youth statistics, a toolkit for youth and educators, multimedia, and more. Visit their Online Special Collections for Teens for information highlighting the issues, resources and other suggestions for engaging Native youth about healthy relationships and related tools.

  • We R Native: A multimedia health resource for Native teens and young adults ( that includes a text messaging service (Text NATIVE to 97779) and social media channels. 

  • Healthy Native Youth: A one-stop-shop for health advocates who want to expand learning opportunities for American Indian/Alaskan Native youth. The site contains curricula, handouts, and training tools needed to deliver effective, age-appropriate sexual health programs.

  • Strong Hearts Native Helpline: A culturally appropriate, confidential service for Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. 1 (844) 762-8483 during Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm CST.

CAP's Webinar Wednesday Series

Community Action Partnership (CAP), is a national hub that links the nation’s 1,000+ Community Action Agencies (CAAs) and community leaders looking for solutions that connect communities to greater opportunities. 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.
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. 

February 2019 Deadline Highlights

Healthy Food Financing Initiative Financial Assistance: February 14

2019 Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction: February 14

Opioid Resource GrantFebruary 15

U.S. Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation: February 26

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

Upcoming Events

February 13 - 14
Minneapolis, MN
ANA Eastern - Pre-Application Training

February 20
ANA Pacific - Pre-Application Training

February 20 - 21
Anchorage, AK
ANA Alaska - Pre-Application Training

February 20 - 21
Niagra, NY
ANA Eastern - Pre-Application Training

February 20 - 21
Seattle, WA
ANA Western - Pre-Application Training

February 26 - 27
Hilo, HI
ANA Pacific - Pre-Application Training

February 26 - 27
Jacksonville, FL
ANA Eastern - Pre-Application Training

February 26 - 28
Bethel, AK
ANA Alaska - Pre-Application Training

February 26 - 28
Juneau, AK
ANA Alaska - Pre-Application Training

February 27 - 28
Albuquerque, NM​
ANA Western - Pre-Application Training

March 6 - 7
Sacramento, CA
ANA Western - Pre-Application Training

March 12 - 14
Denver, CO
The Business of Indian Agriculture & Business Planning Development Training Workshops

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

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