Community Service Block Grant (CSBG)

Community Services Block Grant

The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Program provides a range of services which assist low-income people to attain the skills, knowledge, and motivation necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. The program may also offer low-income people immediate life necessities such as food, shelter, medicine, etc. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity administer the CSBG Program in accordance with federal law and the Illinois Economic Opportunity Act.

Emergency Services

The Emergency Services program is funded from a number of different sources and is intended to provide onetime only assistance to individuals and households who are truly experiencing an emergency situation and who are in need of immediate life necessities, such as shelter, medicine, etc. Outreach sites for emergency services are available in all four counties.

Small Business Loans

Crosswalk's Small Business Loan Program is funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. It provides long-term, fixed rate financing to new-or-expanding businesses in exchange for job creation and employment. Under the "microloan" program, Crosswalk can finance 100% of a business creation or expansion up to $20,000. When project costs exceed the $20,000 threshold, the "revolving-loan" program can finance up to 49% of a business creation or expansion. Certain guidelines and restrictions do apply.


Crosswalk Scholarships are funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program. The scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to low-income and disadvantaged persons of high academic attainment or potential. These scholarships can be used to provide formal education or occupational training at an accredited Illinois institution, with particular consideration given to fields of study in high technology areas or other growth occupations.

For additional information on any of these programs, Contact Crosswalk Community Action Agency.




Crosswalk Community Action Agency is an equal opportunity provider and employer.