Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)


The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program was created by the federal Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981. This program is designed to provide a range of services to assist low-income households with obtaining the skills and knowledge for self-sufficiency.

The goal of the CSBG program is to prevent and/or reduce poverty throughout the local communities in Chesterfield and Marlboro Counties. CMEOC has been able to utilize CSBG funding to assist in the development of linkages with other agencies such local housing authorities, local health services, schools, utility companies, and other groups/organizations in order to better serve the clients and communities.


GEAP provides emergency assistance to income eligible households. An emergency may include rental or utility assistance.




The YLP provides income-eligible middle and high school students educational opportunities targeting individual improvements in academic, behavioral and social achievement; longer range resulting in increased self-sufficiency. The Character Counts curriculum is utilized to assists students with enhancing both their leadership and social skills. Upon completion of YLP, students will be able to demonstrate critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills.



This program is designed to provide financial assistance to address emergency medical needs for senior and/or disabled individuals, dental care, eye exams and/or glasses, and needed immunizations to aide unemployed or underemployment individuals in becoming employable.

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assists low-income households with their utility bills as well as fuel cost. LIHEAP funds may also be used for air conditioners or HVAC.

LIHEAP Program includes:

  • Direct Assistance (DA) – This program is designed to provide financial assistance before an emergency.
  • Selected LIHEAP Assistance Payment Plan (SLAPP) – This program is designed as an alternative financial assistance for households in which the utility bill includes charges that cannot be paid with LIHEAP funds.
  • Emergency Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) – This program is designed to intervene in energy-related crisis situations with a documented emergency.