Program Description

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Special Projects Program is funded by a five percent (5%) provision contained within the CSBG Act. This provision authorizes the Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to support a variety of eligible and innovative anti-poverty and self-sufficiency initiatives at his/her discretion.

How It Works

The Undersecretary of DHCD reviews each case individually and determines whether or not a project is eligible for funding based on criteria outlined by the CSBG Program.

CSBG Special Projects funds are used flexibly to prevent or respond to a multitude of problems facing the low-income residents of the Commonwealth by supporting the development of outcome-based, innovative programs that will have long-term benefits. These discretionary funds have helped establish a wide range of initiatives, including: scholarships; anti-violence youth programming; employment and workforce development training; asset building programming; neighborhood crime prevention; capacity-building for providers serving low-income populations; emergency, transitional, and permanent housing; and other projects that improve the lives of low-income people and help them become self-sufficient.

DHCD priorities include: economic self-sufficiency, affordable housing and homelessness efforts, and building coordination and partnerships between community-based organizations and municipal governments.

Funds are limited and therefore awards are made on a one-time only basis for the start-up of a program or project and are not intended to defray ongoing operational expenses.

Who Is Eligible

Community Action Agencies and other nonprofit entities organized under M.G.L. c.180, and certified under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Revenue Code.

Application Process

Requests for funding are accepted on a rolling basis and must include at a minimum an explanation of the need for the project, a project description, a tentative work plan, and budget.

For More Information
Please contact DHCD's Division of Community Services at 617-573-1400.