When a rural Kansan found herself in crisis due to financial instability, she found help from her local community action agency. The community action agency enrolled her in the Stepping Stones to Success Savings program with the goal of helping her establish a $1,000 emergency savings fund. The program offers a 2:1 match on all participant savings. Following her appointment, the case manager witnessed the participant and her teenage daughter taking a photo in the hall. The mother explained that they were documenting the start of their new life. Thanks to her own resilience and assistance from the local community action agency (funded through the Community Services Block Grant) a fellow Kansan was able to move from financial instability into a place of opportunity.
The Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) provides critical funding to Community Action Agencies (CAAs) to operate programs addressing the causes and condition of poverty. Agencies aim to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower low-income families and individuals to become fully self-sufficient. CSBG works through eight local eligible entities in Kansas to support services and activities for individuals with low-incomes that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in their individual communities.
A small portion of funds is available to partners for innovative programs that serve low-income individuals and families in Kansas.
Learn more about the CSBG program.
CSBG serves low-income Kansans through a collaborative partnership with eight local eligible entities, funded through KHRC. Please contact your local community services agency to determine your eligibility. CSBG income eligibility levels are currently set at 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, as defined here.
How To Apply
To access CSBG services, contact the appropriate service provider for your area.
Northeast Kansas Community Action
PHONE: (785) 742-2222
Southeast Kansas Community Action Inc.
PHONE: (620) 724-8204
East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp.
PHONE: (785) 242-7450
Mid-Kansas Community Action Program
PHONE: (316) 775-3000
Wichita Sedgwick County Community Action Partnership (WSCCAP)
PHONE: (316) 462-3746
Community Action, Inc
PHONE: (785) 836-4500
Harvest America Corporation
PHONE: (913) 342-2121
Economic Opportunity Foundation
PHONE: (913) 371-0848