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CSBG Emergency Funds

The total number of the families served in our counties in 2022 was 101; the number of individuals in the household was 243.

The Community Service Block Grant, or CSBG, is federal funding that is provided to states and local agencies to address poverty at the community level. The Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments provides CSBG funding to four Counties: Fremont, Custer, Chaffee, and Lake. UAACOG provides services directly to Fremont and Chaffee Counties and subcontracts CSBG funds to Custer and Lake Counties.

This funding is available to the community who meet the income guideline requirement of 200% the federal poverty level. The purpose of this funding is to support individuals and families in financial stability and to recover from an emergency. Our scope of service includes rent, mortgage, utilities (this includes propane and firewood), medical bills and equipment, dental care, vision, minor car repairs and work-related equipment.

This grant is a onetime payment, once in five years per applicant or family, not ongoing payments. We work very closely with other local agencies and resources to further assist an individuals or family’s needs. CSBG cannot pay for deposits.

Please click the buttons below to download the application. PLEASE NOTE the application is NOT submittable online. You must turn them in to the addresses or emails listed below.

Fremont and Chaffee County please submit applications to:

Samantha Hughes (CSBG Coordinator/ Administrator)

3224 A. Independence Rd.

Canon City, Colorado 81212

719-275-1675 x 104

Custer County please submit applications to:

Laura Lockhart

Custer County Department of Human Services

205 S. 6th street

Westcliffe, Colorado 81252

Lake County please submit applications to:

Julie Gonzales

Lake County Public Health

PO Box 626

Leadville, Colorado 80461

Please ensure that all documents that are requested are with your application at the time you turn them in. Incomplete applications or applications without supporting documents will not be accepted or denied. You must include all income in the household.

If requesting utility assistance, a utilities disclosure form must also be submitted.

Please also fill out a zero-income statement for anyone in the household over 18 with no income.

CSBG Funding Contact:

Samantha Hughes

719-275-1675 Ext 104

  • Households Helped


  • Food Distributed

    202,654 Pounds = 101.33 Tons

  • Estimated Cost


  • Total People Helped