Can Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds be used as match for ESG?

Date Published: February 2015

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Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds may be used to meet the match requirements for HUD's McKinney-Vento programs, including the Emergency Solutions Grants Program, as long as HUD's Appropriations Act language includes a provision authorizing recipients under HUD's McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act programs to use other federal funds as match, and as long as the CSBG Act does not explicitly prohibit it. This provision was included for FY 2011 through FY 2018 so CSBG funds from those fiscal year allocations may be used to match ESG funds. However, if Congress does not include this provision in future Appropriations Act language, then using any federal funds as match for ESG funds will not be allowable.

It is important to note that any CSBG funds used for matching the ESG program must be used for the purposes of, and in accordance with the requirements of, both CSBG and the ESG program. Please see the information that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued about using CSBG as match for the ESG Program, CoC Program, and other HUD programs.

View the CSBG IM #135 Federal Matching Requirements HUD McKinney-Vento resource.

View the CSBG Dear Colleague Letter Innovation in Response to Homelessness resource.

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