Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)

The Community Services Block Grant provides funding to Community Action Agencies, like Tri-County Opportunities Council to reduce poverty, revitalize income-eligible communities and to empower income-eligible families to become self-sufficient.

Program guidelines limit CSBG eligibility to families having incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Programs

Dental Assistance

Provides assistance to customers seeking dental assistance to meet their dental needs.

Disaster Services

Provides direct emergency assistance to customers affected by a disaster beyond their control in order to meet basic needs.

Employment Support

Provides customers with assistance to obtain necessary employment supplies to either begin employment and/or increase career advancement.

Family Rewards

Provides long-term case management services to help customers stabilize and achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency.

Health Assistance

Provides assistance to customers seeking health assistance to meet their medical needs.

Home Safety

Provides assistance to homeowners who are in need of home repairs to maintain a safe home.

ID

Provides assistance to customers seeking necessary identification documents in order to improve a level of self-sufficiency.

Little Bottoms

Provides financial assistance to eligible families to offset the costs of hygiene assistance to children under the age of 5.

Personal Care

Provides financial assistance to eligible families to assist with the costs of personal care items to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Project Employment

Provides customers the opportunity to obtain certification and/or training in order to achieve employment with a living wage or higher.

Scholarship

Provides 12 CSBG eligible customers with a scholarship for a post-secondary education at an accredited Illinois institution.

School Supply

Provides assistance to purchase school supplies for children to attend school; kindergarten through 12th grade.

Senior Meal

Provides financial assistance and education to eligible seniors, over the age of 55, with a grocery food voucher or Meals on Wheels service in order to meet meal gaps.

Transportation Assistance

Provides financial assistance to maintain employment, attend college, or to meet basic transportation needs.

Youth Enrichment

Provides opportunities for youth to participate in community, school, and family wellness activities. 

COVID-19 Programs

COVID-19 Food Assistance

Provides eligible households with financial assistance to purchase nutritious groceries for individuals/families that DO NOT receive SNAP benefits and have been affected by COVID-19.

  • Provides a voucher to qualified households to purchase food items only from local grocery stores.
  • COVID-19 Health Assistance

    Provides eligible individuals with financial assistance to maintain a healthy and mental state for those affected by the COVID-19.

  • Provides up to 3 months of prescription payments in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • Provides up to $300 for those seeking mental health support to cover sessions with a mental health provider for COVID-19 related concerns.
  • COVID-19 Relief Housing / Utility

    Provides eligible individuals with rent, mortgage, and/or utility assistance in order to remain stably housed and sustain proficient utilities for those affected by COVID-19.

  • Provides up to two months of rent or mortgage payment, up to $1600, for those affected by the pandemic: laid-off, loss of hours, or have been quarantined by a doctor.
  • Provides up to $350 in utility support towards an electric, gas, or propane payment for those who do not qualify for LIHEAP assistance. 
  • COVID-19 Transportation

    Provides eligible individuals with financial assistance for transportation needs for those affected by COVID-19.

  • Car Repairs – up to $1,000, must have been laid-off, loss hours, or were quarantined by a doctor; must show proof of secured employment, proof of car registration, proof of insurance, and a valid driver’s license.
  • Bus Passes – provide to up 3 months of passes.
  • License Plate Renewals – must have been laid-off, loss hours, or were quarantined by a doctor: must show proof of secured employment, proof of car insurance and a valid driver’s license.
  • Car Insurance – provide up to 3 months of payments; must have been laid-off, loss hours, or were quarantined by a doctor; must show proof of car registration and a valid driver’s license.
  • 2021 Income Eligibility Guidelines

    Family Size 30-Day Gross Income
    1 Person
    $2,147
    2 Persons
    $2,903
    3 Persons
    $3,660
    4 Persons
    $4,417
    5 Persons
    $5,173
    6 Persons
    $5,930
    7 Persons
    $6,687
    8 Persons
    $7,443

    How To Apply

    Outreach Staff