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CSBG Tribal Network Newsletter

June 2019

Dear CSBG Tribal Network,

I hope everyone is well!

Summer has arrived, and that means it's time to prepare your FY20 CSBG Tribal Plan and application materials. Please remember: all FY20 CSBG Tribal Plans and application materials are due by September 1, 2019.

As announced in our Application Season Kick-Off last month, OCS has implemented some changes this year to support a smoother application process. We have updated the CSBG Tribal Plan & Application Tool Guide and the CSBG Tribal Plan & Application Fillable-PDF Tool to reflect the new policy changes. Please check out these tools and see below for more How To Apply resources before you begin your FY20 CSBG Tribal Plan and application materials.

Also, join us next week for the How to Apply for the FY20 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) live webinar on June 26 at 3:00 pm Eastern. In order to ensure successful applications, all current and prospective CSBG grantees are strongly encouraged to participate. Mark your calendar and RSVP today.

We look forward to connecting with you on the webinar next week!

All the best, 

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:                     

CSBG Action Transmittal: FY 2020 Application 

On June 13, 2019, ACF's Office of Community Services (OCS) released the CSBG Action Transmittal 2019-03 Application for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Based on the Availability of CSBG Funds. This Action Transmittal details the instruction requirements for the FY 2020 CSBG Tribal Plan and Application material requirements, updated by OCS each year.

Please Note: New policy changes have been made this year to make room for a smoother application process. 
Free Tools and Resources

The CSBG Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Program offers free resources and templates to assist with your CSBG application process.
CSBG Tribal T&TA

FY 2020 CSBG How to Apply Webinar Series

The Office of Community Services (OCS) and the CSBG Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Program are launching our annual four-part webinar series, FY 2020 CSBG How to Apply Webinar Series for Tribes & Tribal Organizations. The webinar series provides information to help current and prospective grantees prepare their FY 2020 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funding applications. All current grantees, new administrators, and prospective applicants are encouraged to participate in the webinars. 
Webinar #1:
Introduction to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

A basic introduction to the CSBG program and available training and technical assistance for prospective grantees and new administrators.

Date/Time: Webinar available online: An Introduction to the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) 
Webinar #2:
A Guide to the OLDC System & CSBG Application Submission

A step-by-step guide to using the OLDC system for online CSBG application submission. *This session is for current CSBG Tribal grantees only*
Date/Time: Webinar available online: A Guide to the OLDC System & CSBG Application Submission
Webinar #3: 
How to Apply for the FY19 Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) 

A guide to developing a Tribal CSBG Plan and completing all required materials for a successful CSBG application. The webinar will introduce new policy changes and showcase the updated Plan and application tools created to assist Tribal grantees with completing a successful FY 2020 CSBG Tribal Plan and application. *
Date/Time: June 26, 2019: 3;00 pm - 4:00 pm (ET)
RSVP Today!
Webinar #4:
Reminders & Frequently Asked Questions

A session to review final application reminders and address any outstanding questions from current and prospective Tribal grantees.

Date/Time: Live webinar will be held in July. (Date to be announced.)
Contact Lizette Rivera, Program Coordinator, CSBG Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Program at or (301) 244-3557
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ACF Announcement: DCA Director Seth Hassett

Seth Hassett, the Director of the Division of Community Assistance (DCA) in the Office of Community Services (OCS), will be relocating to California as of July 2019. As DCA searches for his successor, Mr. Hassett will continue to work remotely as DCA Division Director for the duration of the selection process.

Since he began his career with OCS, Mr. Hassett has enhanced the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) by leading the way through various transitions and program improvement efforts. He has been a prominent ally and leader for Native American Tribes and Tribal Organizations, ensuring they have access, information, and training for a successful CSBG program in Native communities. Mr. Hasset has provided a steady hand guiding CSBG through numerous transitions, always maintaining a focus on the needs of people with low-income in communities who are the ultimate customers of OCS services.

The CSBG Tribal Training & Technical Assistance is grateful for the leadership and service Mr. Hassett has provided to the CSBG Tribal Network. He will be missed!

CSBG Dear Colleague Letter: Potential Fraud Alert

On June 13, the Office of Community Services (OCS) released a Dear Colleague Letter warning of potentially fraudulent activity by individuals claiming to represent the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). Individuals unrelated to CSBG are contacting people via telephone, email, social media, and text message offering CSBG funding or services in exchange for a fee.

Please note: OCS does NOT initiate contact with individuals by phone, email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Additionally, OCS does NOT require a fee of any kind in exchange for additional funding.

If you are made aware of or receive any communication offering a CSBG grant or requesting a fee in exchange for additional funding, please report it to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.

For more information, please visit Grant Fraud and Scams.

Click here to view or download the Dear Colleague Letter.

OCS Releases CSBG FY19 Full-Year Allocations

On May 21, the Office of Community Services released a new Dear Colleague Letter, CSBG Dear Colleague 2019-10 Release of Remaining FY 2019 Funds. The letter includes a chart showing the full-year CSBG allocations along with the total amount allocated and released during the first, second, and third quarters of FY 2019. The chart also provides a full breakdown of each Tribal grantee's FY19 allocations. Access the Dear Colleague Letter today to review the total FY19 CSBG funding allocations.

Office of Minority Health

June is Men's Health Month

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is recognizing June as Men’s Health Month. During Men’s Health Month, men are encouraged to take control of their health, and for families to teach young boys healthy habits throughout childhood. Regular checkups, staying active, and eating a balanced diet can help improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) men and boys.

Men's Health Month Resources:
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Expansion of Tribal HUD-VASH Program

On June 3, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a Dear Colleague Letter on Hud's plan to expand the Tribal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (Tribal HUD-VASH) program. In accordance with HUD’s Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Policy, HUD is inviting Tribal leaders to provide comments on different ideas to expand the program. Please read the Dear Tribal Leader Letter to learn more.

Conducting Community Needs Assessments

The National Indian Child Welfare Association's(NICWA) Research Director, Puneet Sahota delivered a webinar for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Conducting Community Needs Assessments in Native American Communities: An Example from Utah Navajo Health System. The webinar describes the Community Needs Assessment Survey developed by Utah Navajo Health System, Inc., and its implication on the Navajo Nation in Utah. Access the webinar slides and accompanying resource

Preparing for Minority Mental Health Month

July was designated as Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face regarding mental illness in the United States. According to the Office of Minority Health, while the overall death rate from suicide for American Indian/Alaska Natives is comparable to that of non-Hispanic Whites, adolescent American Indian/Alaska Native females have death rates at almost four times the rate for White females in the same age groups. Join Federal offices, and national mental health organizations prepare to spread the news on National Minority Health Awareness Month in your community!
National Minority Health Awareness Month Resources
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. 

Upcoming Application Deadlines:

American Indian and Native Hawaiian Non-Profit Organization Child Care Grant: June 24

Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities: June 24

The Project Safe Neighborhoods FY 2019: June 25

2019 Small Ambulatory Program: June 28

Impact Grant: June 30

Housing Preservation Grants: July 8

Additional Funding Opportunities:

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

Upcoming Events

June 20
Free Webinar
Disaster Planning and Preparedness

June 23 - 27
Temecula, CA
19th Annual National Tribal Child Support Association Annual Conference

June 25
Sacramento, CA
National Opioid Leadership Summit

June 26
Free Webinar
How to Apply for Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Funds for FY 2020

June 26
Free Webinar
2019 Tribal Energy Webinar Series: Jobs and Economic Development from Tribal Energy Projects

June 27
Free Webinar
Suicide Prevention in Native American/Alaska Native Communities

July 9 - 11
Oklahoma City, OK
The Business of Indian Agriculture

July 11
Conference Call
IHS - All Tribal and Urban Indian Organization Leaders Call

July 15 - 19
Phoenix, AZ
Pathways Training

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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