Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
CSBG provides housing stability assistance which may include rental or mortgage and/or utility assistance. For information on assistance available, click on the links on this page.
NICAA is able to provide scholarship assistance for individuals to attend college classes which lead to a job certification. These funds are provided by the State of Illinois, Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. For more information, click on the link on this page.
For more information on how to apply for assistance, call the office at 815-232-3141 or 800-883-1111 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) does not provide direct grants to individuals; CSBG does not charge a fee for receiving a grant. If you receive a message offering you a CSBG grant or requesting a fee, please contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fraud Hotline at 1-800-447-8477.
For more information, please visit the Grant Fraud and Scams: Grant-Related Scams | GRANTS.GOV.
Important Documents & Information
Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency has funding through DCEO CSBG Program and DHS Homeless Prevention Program to assist families in Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties who are past due on their rent or mortgage payments and are at risk of becoming homeless or are homeless due to a recent financial crisis affecting their ability to pay housing costs including Covid-19 related conditions.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, through the CSBG has funds available through Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency for scholarship assistance at an accredited Illinois institution to income eligible students. Scholarship funds are to assist students pursuing certificate or degree programs that will prepare the student for employment or enhance job skills.
The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, through the CSBG has funds available through NICAA for residents of Stephenson and Jo Daviess Counties to provide assistance with payment of registration fees and/or insurance for the client’s vehicle to eligible clients who are employed or going to school to improve employability.