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CSBG Organizational Standards


This webpage links resources developed by CAPLAW to specific Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Organizational Standards to help Community Action Agencies (CAAs) in their compliance efforts. For some Standards that we regularly receive inquiries about, we also include links to resources developed by the national Community Action Partnership. All of the resources developed by the national Community Action Partnership on the Standards are available on its 
website.

Note: CAPLAW is in the process of revising some of its resources pursuant to updates in the law; however, the concepts in these resources generally remain applicable.

Standard 2.1

Private
The organization has documented or demonstrated partnerships across the community, for specifically identified purposes; partnerships include other anti-poverty organizations in the area.

Public
The department has documented or demonstrated partnerships across the community, for specifically identified purposes; partnerships include other anti-poverty organizations in the area.

Standard 2.2

Private
The organization utilizes information gathered from key sectors of the community in assessing needs and resources, during the community assessment process or other times. These sectors would include at minimum: community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, private sector, public sector, and educational institutions.

Public
The department utilizes information gathered from key sectors of the community in assessing needs and resources, during the community assessment process or other times. These sectors would include at minimum: community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, private sector, public sector, and educational institutions.

Standard 2.3

Private
The organization communicates its activities and its results to the community.

Public
The department communicates its activities and its results to the community.

CAPLAW Resource:

  • CAPLAW Sample Social Media Policy.
    When communicating its activities and results to the community, the CAA must comply with its existing policies. For example, if the CAA is communicating information via social media websites, it will need to follow its social media policy. If a CAA does not have a social media policy, it should consider working with an attorney to develop one and may begin the process using CAPLAW’s sample social media policy.

Standard 2.4

Private
The organization documents the number of volunteers and hours mobilized in support of its activities.

Public
The department documents the number of volunteers and hours mobilized in support of its activities.

This resource was created by Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Cooperative Agreement – Grant Award Number 90ET0441-02. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed In this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.