Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Home

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The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides federal funding to states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories for anti-poverty programs operated by a nationwide network of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies. Community Action Agencies are locally controlled private or public nonprofit organizations that seek to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty with programs tailored to specific local needs. The Department of Children and Families (DCF) distributes CSBG funding through grants to Wisconsin's 16 local Community Action Agencies and two statewide agencies that focus on serving special populations. For more information about Community Action Agencies in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association (WISCAP) website.

CSBG funds are not open for applications, and CSBG grants are not provided directly to individuals. This funding is available only to already established eligible entities across Wisconsin. Additionally, the government will never initiate contact with individuals by phone, email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.  Never give anyone a fee for connecting you to a grant or program. This is indicative of a scam and should be reported to the Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477. 

If you are interested in services or programs funded by CSBG, please contact the Community Action Agency serving your county of residence.  A list of agencies is available here: 

CARES Act Information

CSBG State Plan

Training and Resources

2023 CSBG Calendar


Contract Submission Obligations

 1/31/2023  Civil Civil Rights Compliance Letter of Assurance (CRC LOA) due to DCF Civil Rights Unit
 Affirmative Action Plan due to DCF (if applicable)
 Cost Allocation Plan due to DCF **submit via SPARC**
 Federal Indirect Cost Rate Agreement due to DCF (if applicable) **submit via SPARC**
 3/31/2023  CRC Plans due to be completed, kept on file, and made available to DCF on request


Carryover Funds from 2022

 3/31/2023  Last day to submit SPARC reports for 2022 CSBG contracts
 4/28/2023  Last day for agencies to request and identify carry over     amounts
 August  Target date for DCF to issue contract amendments


FY22 CSBG and CSBG CARES Annual Reports

 12/13/2022  SmartForms released
 2/17/2023  Agencies’ due date for submitting completed Modules 2, 3 & 4 to DCF 
 3/30/2023  CSBG Annual Report (Modules 1-4) and CSBG CARES Annual Report (Modules 1, 2, & 4)   due in OLDC **DCF submission**


26th Annual Governor’s Award for Excellence in Community Action

 3/3/2023  Nominations due to DCF via online form **link to come via email**
 5/2-5/4/2023  Presentation of award at the WISCAP Annual Conference Award Ceremony



 2/2/2023  WISCAP quarterly board meeting (Stevens Point, WI)
 5/2-5/4/2023  WISCAP Annual Conference and quarterly board meeting (Appleton, WI) 
 8/2-8/3/2023  WISCAP quarterly board meeting **Details TBA**
 9/27-9/28/2023  Poverty Matters! Conference (La Crosse, WI)
 11/1-11/2/2023  WISCAP quarterly board meeting **Details TBA**


Organizational Standards Desk Audit 2023

 10/2/2023  Completed Desk Audits and supporting documentation due to DCF 


2022 DCF Year-End Expenditure Reports

 3/27/2023  DCF to provide yearend reporting forms to agencies 
 4/28/2023  Report covering January 1 to December 31, 2022 due to DCF  **via SPARC**


2024 CSBG Applications/Community Action Plans

 8/1/2023  Target date for DCF to send the 2024 CSBG Application to agencies
 10/2/2023  2024 CSBG Applications due to DCF
 12/30/2023  Target date for DCF to route contracts via DocuSign for effective date of 1/1/2024


2023 CSBG Triennial Monitoring Plan  
TBA – we may do a few monitoring visits in the 2nd half of the year.  DCF will coordinate directly with those agencies.

Board Minutes and Agency Annual Reports 
Reminder: Board minutes are due within 45 days of every meeting to  

Please provide DCF with a courtesy copy of your agency’s Annual Report as well.


Questions? Please submit questions to DCF via the CSBG mailbox:

2023 Skills Enhancement Program Calendar


Quarterly Reports

 1/31/2023  2nd quarter report for State Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023) due to DCF
 5/2/2023  3rd quarter report due to DCF
 7/31/2023  4th quarter report due to DCF
 10/31/2023  1st quarter report for State Fiscal Year 2024 due to DCF
**All SEP reports are to be uploaded in SPARC as a performance report**


Skills Enhancement Program for State Fiscal Year 2024

  May 2023  SEP applications will be due to DCF, and a roundtable will be held at WISCAP’s Annual   Conference in Appleton, WI
 June 2023  Target date for DCF to issue notices about contract renewals 
 July 2023  DCF to issue State Fiscal Year 2024 contracts 


Questions? Please submit questions to DCF via the CSBG mailbox: