National Partners

National Partners, Agencies, & Organizations

Networking is an important part of establishing a successful CSBG program. Make new connections today! The following national CSBG partners, agencies, and organizations offer resources, tools, and other materials to assist Tribal Grantees with developing and maintaining successful community programs.

National CSBG Partners

The following national organizations are partners in the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG). They offer resources, tools, and other materials to assist CSBG Grantees with their application process and community programs.

Community Action Partnership (CAP) provides training and support for local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country. CAP’s National CSBG Training Center has many helpful resources for CSBG-funded programs, including online program management tools and webinars.

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to providing the legal, governance and management resources necessary to sustain and strengthen the national Community Action Agency (CAA) network. Through its in-house staff and a network of private attorneys, CAPLAW provides consultations, training, and resources on a wide variety of legal, governance and management topics.

First Nations mission is to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. We invest in and create innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.

National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is a nonprofit membership organization representing state CSBG administrators. NASCSP provides research, analysis, training and technical assistance to state CSBG offices, community action agencies and state associations.

National Agencies

The following national agencies offer resources, tools, and other materials to assist Tribal Grantees with developing and maintaining successful community programs.

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) provides discretionary grant funding for community-based projects, as well as training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and native organizations. ANA sends a weekly digest filled with resources to help Tribes and Tribal Associations. Grant opportunities, informational webinars, a resource library, and key events are a few of the topics covered each week.

If you’re an American Indian or an Alaska Native you may have new health coverage benefits and protections in the Marketplace. Some benefits are available to members of federally recognized tribes or Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Corporation shareholders. Others are available to people of Indian descent or who are otherwise eligible for services from the Indian Health Service, a tribal program, or an urban Indian health program.

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has developed a wide variety of resources to inform and connect with applicants, grantees and the public. They offer a search engine that allows you to locate the resources relevant to you. The resource library includes guides, videos, fact sheets, reports, and webinars produced by ANA, our Technical Assistance Providers, our partners, and grantees.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) mission is to:
“… enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.”

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development‘s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.

The U.S. Department of the Interior provides tools and resources, protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers helpful tools and resources for Tribes and tribal organizations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides a Preparedness Resource webpage for Tribes in order to help become more prepared for emergencies, such as training opportunities, grant programs, and preparedness tips.

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized Tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian Tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 566 federally recognized Tribes.

The Office of Community Services (OCS) partners with states, communities and agencies to reduce the causes of poverty, increase opportunity and economic security of individuals and families and revitalize communities. Their social service and community development programs work in a variety of ways to improve the lives of many.

OCS is the lead agency for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

The DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs, or Office of Indian Energy, is charged by Congress to direct, foster, coordinate, and implement energy planning, education, management, and programs that assist Tribes with energy development, capacity building, energy infrastructure, energy costs, and electrification of Indian lands and homes. The Office of Indian Energy works within DOE, across government agencies, and with Indian Tribes and organizations to promote Indian energy policies and initiatives. The Office of Indian Energy performs these functions within the scope of DOE’s mission and consistently with the federal government’s trust responsibility, tribal self-determination policy, and government-to-government relationship with Indian Tribes.

The Office of Native American Affairs is located in the Small Business Administration’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Our goal is to promote and support Native American entrepreneurs. We engage in numerous outreach activities including tribal consultations, development and distribution of promotional materials, attendance and participation in national economic development conferences.

National Organizations

The following national organizations offer resources, tools, and other materials to assist Tribal Grantees with developing and maintaining successful community programs.

American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) is the only American Indian non-profit organization solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States. Our programs are designed to engage students in activities that stimulate, enhance, and expand educational experiences beyond traditional academic methods. All students are encouraged to participate in AIBL regardless of race, academic major, or career objectives.

The American Indian College Fund provides American Indians with student scholarships and programmatic support for the nation’s 34 accredited Tribal colleges and universities located on or near Indian reservations. The American Indian College Fund, established in 1989, is the nation’s largest and highest-rated American Indian scholarship organization

The Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) is located on the campus of Northern Arizona University. The W. A. Franke College of Business is a unique information and resource center for tribal nations and communities.

The American Indian Heritage Foundation was established to provide relief services to Indian people nationwide and to build bridges of understanding and friendship between Indian and non-Indian people.

An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the American Indian Library Association is a membership action group that addresses the library-related needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Members are individuals and institutions interested in the development of programs to improve Indian library, cultural, and informational services in school, public, and research libraries on reservations. AILA is also committed to disseminating information about Indian cultures, languages, values, and information needs to the library community. AILA cosponsors an annual conference and holds a yearly business meeting in conjunction with the American Library Association annual meeting. It publishes the American Indian Libraries Newsletter twice a year.

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) sustains 186 chartered college and university chapters, 14 professional chapters, and 170 affiliated K-12 schools supporting American Indian students the critically needed disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). AISES has awarded over $9 million in academic scholarships to American Indian STEM students. Through scholarships and internships, workforce development and career resources, national and regional conferences, science fairs, leadership development and other STEM focused programming, AISES is the leader in STEM opportunity for American Indians.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs in Indian Country to to enable all young people, especially those who need them most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) mission is to:
“… provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with the tribes’ needs to cultural and economic well being in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. The Bureau considers the whole person (spiritual, mental, physical and cultural aspects.)”

The Office of Minority Health Resource Center, along with the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Kat Communications adapted the Circle of Life (COL), a middle school HIV curriculum, to a multimedia online format, with several internet-based training modules to address the basics of HIV and how to make better decisions for a healthy life.

The Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) provides resources and information on a wide range of health and educational opportunities and programs focused on Native American youth, including scholarships, internships, camps, youth commissions and organizations, and a few other fun things.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country.

The National Indian Education Association (NEIA) advances comprehensive educational opportunities for American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States. The premiere organization advocating for Native students, NIEA works to achieve educational equity and excellence, as well as ensure that all students are provided high-quality academic and cultural education.

The United National Indian Tribal Youth‘s (UNITY) mission is to, “foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth, and to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant Native America through involvement of its youth.” In keeping with its mission, UNITY has served the leadership needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth for 39 years. UNITY is a national organization with over 145 youth councils operating in 35 states and Canada. These youth councils represent thousands of Native American youth.

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