Who Can Join Community Action Partnership?

Organizations that are members of Community Action Partnership can be either private nonprofits or public organizations, but all receive funding from the Community Services Block Grant. Community Action Agencies are organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America's War on Poverty. As a result of the War on Poverty, the federal government initiatied the Communtiy Services Block Grant (CSBG) to distributed to states to fund anti-poverty efforts.

Whether public or private, all Community Action Agencies share a goal of helping people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency.

Community Action Agencies are also referred to as CSBG eligible entities because they are organizations that are eligible for CSBG funds. Community Action Agencies must be governed by a tripartite board composed of representatives of the low-income neighborhoods being served, elected local officials, and key private partners. Each Community Action Agency focuses their efforts on a specific community and coordinates and collaborates with their state CSBG administrators and a wide range of community partners to reduce the causes and consequences of poverty in the low-income communities they serve. CSBG funding provides a vehicle for state CSBG administrators and local leaders to create planned and coordinated interventions to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.

Due to its flexible nature, CSBG funds and the organizations that receive them often result in innovative programs that address the leading causes of poverty, such as lack of affordable housing, inadequate access to health care, and too few job opportunities.

For more information about membership requirements and to determine if your organization is eligible to join Community Action Partnership, please contact Sranda Watkins at swatkins@communityactionpartnership.com.