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CSBG - Community Services Block Grant

Community Service Block Grant (C.S.B.G.) funds support efforts to identify, reduce or eliminate the causes of poverty and to help solve problems that block the achievement of economic self-sufficiency. The purpose of CSBG is to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities, and empower low-income families and individuals to become economically self-sufficient.

The six goals outlined in the CSBG statute address different causes of poverty, and, since each family is likely to be affected by more than one of these, the purposes of the CSBG in part determine the type of coordinating role that Community Action Agencies play.

The outreach staff at Bell-Whitley work with individuals and households to address their needs through direct services or assisting the household in determining available resources needed.

Every Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) dollar leverages almost $5 of state, local and private contributions. A total of $9 billion is administered by the CAA national network to provide support, services and improvements in low-income communities.


This project is funded, in part, under a contact with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services with funds from the Community Services Block Grant Act of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


  • Winter Care - This funding is supported by donations from area residents made to Cumberland Valley Electric, Delta Natural Gas, and Kentucky Utilities. Preference is given to elderly and/or disabled income eligible household or households with a child five years old or younger.
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  • CSBG Emergency Information - CSBG Emergency funds are available to assist households in emergency situations, such as loss of home from fire, homelessness, etc... Consumer must complete an application to verify eligibility.
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  • Summer Cooling Program - These funds, though not available every year, can assist households with their electric bills and/or an air conditioning unit. Occasionally funding permits the purchase of air conditioning units. An application must be completed to determine eligibility.
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