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The Center of Excellence (COE) initiative is funded through the Community Services Block Grant. Despite the efforts made within the CSBG network, poverty, unemployment, education, asset building, and affordable housing continues to threaten independence and economic mobility and increase Americans’ need for safety-net programs.


Working within the existing CSBG Performance Management Framework, the COE will provide national coordination for a T/TA initiative to identify, highlight, and support multi-year community transformation efforts that move individuals, families and communities towards improving human capacity, reducing dependency and sustaining self-sufficiency.

Featured Resources

For States


Updated timelines for State T/TA Plan and COE Highlighted Initiatives.

State TTA Plan

The purpose of the State T/TA Plan Template is to provide a tool that can assist in the development of a comprehensive summary of the collective T/TA resources and activities in a particular state.

Highlighted Initiative Selection Process

Access the selection criteria, submission form, and timeline for selecting HCCT highlighted initiatives.

HCCT Messaging Toolkit

This toolkit is intended to be used by RPICs and State Associations to communicate the purpose, goals, and process of the COE initiative to a broader audience.

For Local Agencies

Regional Convening Planning Guide

This resource is designed to assist RPIC leads with planning of the Regional Convenings as a part of the COE grants. Nothing in this guide is mandatory – adapt what you wish to the needs of your region and feel free to be creative!

CSBG Tribal Resource Center

The CSBG Tribal Resource Center provides provides training and support for Tribes and Tribal Organizations to help maximize to the reach and impact of CSBG funding.

Community Needs Assessment Template: COVID Update

This template is intended for use by local Community Action Agencies (CAAs) as an addendum to their full Community Needs Assessment in response to the COVID-19 global health pandemic.

HCCT Convening – Watch Here!

The COE Convening, co-hosted by NCAP and OCS, brought together leaders from the Community Action network and public and private sector partners to discuss how new practices and new partnerships are transforming local communities and helping families build resiliency. Access the full playlist on YouTube.

Webinar: What is HCCT?

Learn what you need to know and how to be involved.

A Deeper Dive into the Organizational Standards

This webinar series explores 5 key areas of the Organizational Standards to help local agencies prepare for a post-COVID future.

Operating Principles

Sustainable Independence

Create enabling conditions needed to support independent and resilient individuals, families, and communities

Support Employment

Strengthen employment opportunities for individuals and families that promote economic mobility across generations

Individual Empowerment

Foster the potential of individuals to create their own future by cultivating the environment that builds financial, social, and personal capacity

Government as Catalyst

Leverage the role of government to drive the transformational model by calling all sectors of society to this vital work

Community Matters

Support communities in the development and execution of their unique vision for growing the capacity of individuals and families in vulnerable circumstances

Evidence-Based Policy

Collect relevant, reliable data to evaluate the progress of interventions and outcomes. Apply the knowledge gained for the developing and strengthening of policy that supports the overarching objective

Individual and Family Centric Design

Design and operate a system that understands and adapts to the unique circumstances of the individual or family served

HCCT Steering Committee

The COE Steering Committee advises the COE, serving as subject matter experts from inside and outside the Community Action network. Selected members include representatives from local Community Action Agencies, State Associations, and State CSBG offices for each region. National Partners, Office of Community Services, and experts from outside the Community Action Network also participate.

CSBG Working Group

The purpose of the CSBG Working Group is to advise the Community Action Partnership regarding the network’s ability to consistently meet and exceed CSBG Organizational Standards and to support the network’s integration of ROMA NextGen. Selected members include representatives from local Community Action Agencies, State Associations, and State CSBG offices for each region. National Partners and Office of Community Services also participate.

Project Team

Aaron Wicks, Vice President of Organization Capacity Building

Maribeth Schneber-Rhemrev, Director of Organizational Capacity Building

Tayla Daniel, Program Associate of Training & Technical Assistance


This webpage was created by the National Association of Community Action Agencies – Community Action Partnership, in the performance of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services Grant Number, 90ET0469. Any opinion, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.