Program Description

The Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) is a capped entitlement program that provides funds to assist states in delivering social services directed toward the needs of children and adults. These services include:

1) Preventing, reducing, or eliminating dependency
2) Achieving or maintaining self-sufficiency
3) Preventing neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults
4) Preventing or reducing inappropriate institutional care
5) Securing admission or referral for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must characterize your financial situation as low income.

Each State determines what services to support and which populations to serve, and can refocus their SSBG expenditures over time as their populations' needs change.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

You may apply for this program through your state's program office.

Program Contact Information

For more information please contact your state's program office:


Marsha Werner and Lynwood McDaniel, Jr.
Social Services Block Grant Team Lead and SSBG Program Specialist or
202-401-5281 or 202-401-4627

Additional Information

Length of ProgramAnnual appropriations
Tribes Funded by this ProgramN/A
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)In FY 2014, approximately 30 million people received services funded in whole or part by the SSBG.
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceNon-Tribal Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeMandatory
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.667
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes

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