Social Services Block Grant

To enable each State to furnish social services best suited to the needs of the individuals residing in the State.

Federal block grant funds may be used to provide services directed toward one of the following five goals specified in the law: (1) To prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependency; (2)
to achieve or maintain self-sufficiency; (3) to prevent neglect, abuse, or exploitation of children and adults; (4) to prevent or reduce inappropriate institutional care; and (5) to secure admission or referral for institutional care when other forms of care are not appropriate.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Local Office: Not applicable.

(See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices.).

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Department Of Public Health & Social Services $ 1,208,602   2021-10-012023-09-30
American Samoa Government $ 22,426   2021-10-012023-09-30
Virgin Island Department Of Human Services $ 1,354,409   2021-10-012023-09-30
Cnmi Department Of Community And Cultural Affairs (dcca) $ 317,142   2021-10-012023-09-30
Department Of Public Health & Social Services $ 0   2021-10-012023-09-30
Virgin Island Department Of Human Services $ 1,496,113   2021-10-012023-09-30
Health & Human Services, North Carolina Department Of $ 19,393,748   2021-10-012023-09-30
Human Services, Minnesota Department Of $ 10,601,226   2021-10-012023-09-30
Human Services, Iowa Department Of $ 5,926,900   2021-10-012023-09-30
Health And Human Services, Maine Department Of $ 2,530,919   2021-10-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 56 grants awarded. Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 56 grants will be awarded in FY17. Fiscal Year 2018: 0 funding not requested.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Federal funds may be used by States for the proper and efficient operation of social service programs.

Except for items (1) and (4) below, for which a waiver from the Secretary may be requested, Federal funds cannot be used for the following: (1) The purchase or improvement of land, or the purchase, construction, or permanent improvement of any building or other facility; (2) the provision of cash payments for costs of subsistence or the provision of room and board (other than costs of subsistence during rehabilitation, room and board provided for a short term as an integral but subordinate part of a social service, or temporary shelter provided as a protective service); (3) the payment of wages to any individual as a social service (other than payment of wages to welfare recipients employed in the provision of child day care services); (4) the provision of medical care (other than family planning services, rehabilitation services or initial detoxification of an alcoholic or drug dependent individual) unless it is an integral but subordinate part of a social service for which grants may be used; (5) social services (except services to an alcoholic or drug dependent individual or rehabilitation services) provided in and by employees of any hospital, skilled nursing facility, intermediate care facility, or prison, to any individual living in such institution; (6) the provision of any educational service which the State makes generally available to its residents without cost and without regard to their income; (7) any child day care service unless such service meets applicable standards of State and local law; (8) the provision of cash payments as a service; or (9) for payment for any item or service (other than an emergency item or service) furnished by an individual or entity during the period when such individual or entity is excluded pursuant to Section 1128 or Section 1128(A) of the Social Security Act from participation in this program; or at the medical direction or on the prescription of a physician during the period when the physician is excluded based on Section 1128 or 1128(A) from participation in the program and when the person furnishing such item or service knew or had reason to know of the exclusion (after a reasonable time period after reasonable notice has been furnished to the person).

A State may transfer up to 10 percent of its allotment for any fiscal year to the preventive health and health services, alcohol and drug abuse, mental health services, maternal and child health services, and low-income home energy assistance block grants.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Under Title XX, each eligible jurisdiction determines the services that will be provided and the individuals that will be eligible to receive services.


Prior to expenditure of funds, the State must report on the intended use of the payments the State is to receive, including information on the types of activities to be supported and the categories or characteristics of individuals to be served. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Submission of a pre-expenditure report application is required.

Award Procedures

States are awarded funds quarterly.


Not Applicable.


Social Security Act, Title XX, as amended; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, as amended, Public Law 97-35; Jobs Training Bill, Public Law 98-8 and 473; Medicaid and Medicare Patient and Program Act of 1987; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987, Public Law 100-203; Family Support Act of 1998, Public Law 100-485; Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993, Public Law 106-66, 42 U.S.C 1397 ET seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


See 45 CFR, Part 16, Procedures of the Departmental Appeals Board.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 45, Chapter 96.71, Part 96, Subpart G, Public Law 97-35. Provides the requirements for the statutory formula and administrative rule. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants are awarded quarterly on a fiscal year basis. The Electronic Transfer System will be used based on quarterly grant awards for monthly cash draws from Federal Reserve Banks. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements


An annual report of intended use of funds is required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

A post-expenditure report is required.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


States are required to maintain records documenting the purposes for which expenditures were made.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Formula Grants) FY 16 $1,584,400,000; FY 17 est $1,582,700,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$36,087 to $194.063,454 ; $28,303,508.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

45 CFR 96.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Local Office: Not applicable. (See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Regional Offices.).

Headquarters Office

Yolanda J. Butler, Ph.D 330 C Street SW, 5th Floor West, Mail Stop 5425, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: Phone: 202-401-5591

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All States, the District of Columbia, and the five other jurisdictions will receive their share of funds if they submit a pre-expenditure report that meets the requirements.

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