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Department of Health and Human Services —
Office of Community Services

Program Description


The Office of Community Services (OCS) works in partnerships with states, communities and other agencies to address the economic and social needs of the urban and rural poor at the local level by providing grant monies and technical assistance to these organizations. The goal is to increase the capacity of individuals and families to become self-sufficient and to revitalize communities

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Financial Assistance

Job Opportunities for Low-Income Individuals (JOLI)

JOLI is a job creation program that awards funds to nonprofit organizations that create new full-time employment. Program funds are awarded under four project strategies: 1) expansion of existing businesses through technical and financial assistance; 2) self-employment/micro-enterprise; 3) new business ventures; and 4) non-traditional employment.

Eligibility Requirements: Eligible entities include: nonprofit organizations (including community development corporations, faith-based, charitable organizations and tribal organizations).

Limitations: Projects must create new permanent full-time employment opportunities

Availability: Approximately $5,500,000 is appropriated annually and each year approximately 10 grants are awarded per fiscal year. Grant awards are approved for up to a three-year project period and the maximum grant award of $500,000 is for the full project period. There is no funds match requirement, however OCS encourages applicants to mobilize additional funds.

Uses/Applications: Create new employment opportunities for low income individuals

Community Economic Development (CED) Program

This program provides funds to create employment and business development opportunities for low-income residents. Eligible applicants include: private, nonprofit organizations that are community development corporations (CDC) including faith-based, charitable and Tribal and Alaskan Natives organizations.


Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program

This program provides funds for the amelioration of the causes and conditions of poverty in communities to: states and U.S. territories; federal and state-recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations; community action agencies; and several hundred other locally-based organizations. Funds provide a range of services and activities to assist the needs of low-income individuals including the homeless, migrants and the elderly. Grants are determined by a statutory formula based on population.

Technical Assistance

Rural Community Facilities

This program supports low-income rural communities in the development of affordable, safe water and waste water treatment facilities. Activities may include training and technical assistance in developing and managing water facilities in rural areas; improving the coordination of federal, state and local agencies in water and waste water management; assisting communities in obtaining financing for their facilities, and distributing information. Nonprofit organizations (including community development corporations, faith-based, charitable organizations, and tribal organizations) are eligible.


Josephine B. Robinson
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Community Services
370 L’Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201

Main Website: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/

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