North Dakota Community Action Partnership (NDCAP) was recently awarded $400,000 in federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Community Services for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance Program: Regional Performance and Innovation Consortium. This is the fourth year NDCAP will service as the lead agency for Region VIII which encompasses Colorado, Montana, North and South Dakota, and Utah. The funding will provide support for an ongoing state and regional strategy for collaboration, capacity-building, and exemplary practice in the CSBG program and among State Community Action Associations.
OCS will provided funding to 11 Community Action State Associations to serve as geographic focal points, lead in implementing organizational standards and develop a comprehensive system of T/TA activities among State Associations. The central mission of the RPIC strategy is to ensure that all CSBG-eligible entities are able to meet organizational standards and performance management efforts and utilize evidence-based and evidence-informed approaches to address the identified needs of low-income people in communities.
CSBG provides states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and federal and state-recognized Indian tribes and tribal organizations, Community Action Agencies (CAA), migrant and seasonal farmworkers or other organizations designated by the states, funds to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. The CSBG is a federal block grant program administered by the Office of Community Services (OCS). OCS distributes the CSBG funds to states and local communities, working through a network of over 1,100 entities designated to receive funds, known as CSBG-eligible entities and largely CAAs, for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient. Funds support a range of services and activities to assist the needs of low-income individuals, including the homeless, migrants, and the elderly. CAAs are private nonprofit and public organizations. They are governed by a uniquely structured tripartite board of directors, comprised equally of elected public officials, private sector representatives, and low-income representatives. This structure is designed to promote the participation of the entire community in assessing local needs and eliminating the causes and conditions of poverty. CAAs create, coordinate, and deliver an array of comprehensive programs and services to low-income individuals and families.
North Dakota has seven Community Action Agencies that collectively serve all 53 counties in the state. Community Action Agencies were originally established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. By combing local, state, private, and federal resources the Community Action Agencies enable low- and moderate-income people of all ages to secure the opportunities they need to obtain and maintain self-sufficiency. Established in 1976, the North Dakota Community Action Partnership is a private, non-profit membership organization representing the seven Community Action Agencies in North Dakota.