Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) is a federally funded program that provides formulaic grants to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.Colorado has 32 eligible local entities working under nine CSBG federal objectives including employment, education, income management, housing, emergency services, nutrition, linkages with other programs, self sufficiency, and health.

  • Employment
  • Education and Cognitive Development
  • Income, Infrastructure, and Asset Building
  • Housing
  • Health and Social/Behavioral Development (includes Nutrition)
  • Civic Engagement and Community Involvement
  • Services Supporting Multiple Domains
  • Linkages (e.g. partnerships that support multiple domains)
  • Agency Capacity Building
  • Other (e.g. emergency management/disaster relief)

CSBG is not open for applications, it is provided to already established eligible entities across Colorado.


Annual Allocation

Per statute, 90% of CSBG funds are allocated to the eligible entities, while 5% is for administration and 5% is for discretionary awards. DOLA prioritizes the training, technical assistance and capacity needs of its CSBG grantees as the primary priority for discretionary funding.


2020 and 2021 Draft CSBG Colorado Model State Plan

A public hearing on this plan will be held as part of our statewide conference on poverty on Wednesday, July 17th at Penrose House Conference Center in Colorado Springs, CO at 12:30pm

A second Public Hearing will be held by webinar on July 23, 2019 at 1:00pm. To join go to or dial in using your phone 1 (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 629-689-621

The public comment Period for this two-year plan runs from Monday, July 15th - Friday, August 9th. All comments will be summarized and included in our state plan submission. Please submit comments directly to


Program Contacts

Matt Freeman
Census Grant Program Administrator
(303) 864-7705
Alex Vercio
Grant Administrator
(303) 864-8431