The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) provides an array of funding for local community initiatives, including assistance for program-eligible households in areas such as education, employment, emergencies, housing, nutrition and health care. Community programs are intended to encourage families toward self-sufficiency. CSBG programs are administered during the year by fifteen community action agencies located throughout South Carolina with satellite offices in all of the state's 46 counties.
(CSBG is a block grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.)

General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) also provides assistance with general emergencies to program-eligible households in areas such as utility bills, food, clothing and medical services.

Local Initiative Projects are services and activities which target the anti-poverty goals as set forth in Section 675(C)(1) of the CSBG Act. Those include projects pertaining to employment, education, youth leadership, income management, energy, health, emergency, housing, nutrition and other areas in which there may be obstacles that impede the attainment of social and economic self-sufficiency by low-income persons. Specific anti-poverty goals and program strategies for a given service area are determined by the local community action agency through an annual community needs assessment, a community's own analysis of poverty-related problems.

Emergency Shelter Grant Program (ESGP) is a competitive grant issued each year to community-based shelters and traditional housing facilities; non-profit organizations that provide housing and counseling assistance to the state's homeless population and to those at-risk of becoming homeless.

Weatherization Assistance Program provides home weatherization assistance to improve the quality of life for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities and children by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. The Weatherization Assistance Program for each of the state's 46 counties is coordinated through ten community action agencies.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides home energy assistance to help eligible low-income households meet their home heating and/or cooling needs. (LIHEAP is a block grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

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