Community Services Block Grant Program

Madison County CSBG Brochure 
2023 Scholarship Announcement

GED Class Information

Lewis & Clark Community College GED Class Information
Southwestern Illinois College  GED Class Information

The Madison County Community Services Block Grant Program provides a wide-range of services and activities that have a direct, measurable impact on the causes of poverty in the county.  Through implementation of the Community Services Block Grant Program, Madison County has established specific programs that address the problems of the poor and encourage self-sufficiency.

Utilizing funding provided by the Department of Health and Human Services and administered by the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity and Madison County Community Development, the program utilizes between 10 percent of the annual grant to be set aside for economic development and job creating activities.

The Madison County Community Services Block Grant Program offers the following programs:

  • Vocational Training- Madison County Community Development contracts with the Madison County Employment & Training department, Lewis & Clark Community College and Southwestern Illinois College to provide training to clients that have a high potential for employment opportunities. 
  • Adult Basic Education (GED) – Madison County Community Development works in coordination with Lewis & Clark Community College and Southwestern Illinois College at its Granite City campus to provide GED instruction and testing fees for income eligible students.
  • Scholarship Program – Madison County Community Development annually awards 5 scholarships to students attending Southwestern Illinois College at Granite City, Lewis & Clark Community College and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville to assist eligible students with the expenses of a post-secondary education. High school seniors can contact their guidance office for information. Contact Amy Lyerla (618) 296-4382.
  • Nutrition- CSBG funds are used to provide food assistance to local participating food pantries.  Contact local food pantries for assistance.
  • Home Repairs – Partners with IMPACT, CIL to provide accessibility ramps for disabled clients.  Madison County Community Development partners with Senior Services Plus to provide a small home repair program to help senior homeowners remain in their homes.
  • Senior Meals – The Community Services Block Grant program partners with Senior Services Plus, Highland Meals on Wheels, and Collinsville Township to provide home delivery and congregate site meals.  
  • Youth Education Programs – Partners with Riverbend Family Ministries and YWCA Southwestern Illinois to provide after school supplementary education services. 
  • Summer Camp- Partners with Quad City Community Development and YWCA Southwestern Illinois for summer education and recreational programs for disadvantaged youth.
  • Family Self-Sufficiency – Partner with Madison County Housing Authority to provide subsidized housing assistance to families while working with the families to attend training, obtain jobs and become self-sufficient. 
  • Medical Assistance- Provides assistance to eligible clients for eye glasses and exam.

Income Eligibility Guidelines

CSBG Assistance provided to clients who are at or below the 200% of poverty.

2023 Income Guidelines
200% of Poverty (Income is calculated on 30-day gross income)

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For additional information on the Madison County Development Community Services Block Grant program, contact Amy Lyerla at (618) 296-4382 or

To apply for specific services, contact the agencies listed below:


Vision (Eye Glassware) Assistance
Glen Ed Pantry (Edwardsville) (618) 656-7506

Local Food Pantries   
The Salvation Army – Alton Corp
Telephone (618) 465-7764
(Riverbend area) 

The Salvation Army – Granite City Corp
Telephone (618) 451-7957
(Tri-Cities Area) 

Community Care Center (Tri-cities)
Telephone (618) 876-8770

State Park Food Pantry/ Alpha & Omega Church
Telephone (618) 344-4091 (Collinsville)

Collinsville Food Pantry
Telephone (618) 346-1861 (Collinsville)

New Shining Light
Telephone (618) 530-2347 (Tri-cities)

Glen Ed Pantry 
Telephone (618)656-7506 (District 7 area)
Highland Area Christian Service Ministry Telephone (618)954-9295
Guardian Angels Food Pantry 
Telephone (618) 462-0634 (Alton) 
Venice Township 
Telephone (618)452-1121
Soup n Share Outreach Program Telephone (618) 709-7500 (Madison)   
Operation Blessing (Wood River) Telephone (618)251-5683  


Family Self-Sufficiency
Madison County Housing Authority - (618)-345-5142
Senior Meals
Senior Services Plus - (618) 465-3298 Ext. 107
Highland Meals on Wheels - (618) 954-0356
Collinsville Township Senior Center- (618) 344-1290  
Home Repairs & Accessibility Ramp Program
IMPACT, CIL- (618) 462-1411 Jenna
Senior Services Plus- (618) 465-3298 
Riverbend Family Ministries (618) 251-9790

YWCA(Southwestern Illinois)  (618)465-7774
Summer Camp
Quad City Community Development (618)876-4043
YWCA (Southwestern Illinois) (618)465-7774
Vocational Training
Madison County Employment & Training (618)296-4301
Lewis & Clark Community College (618) 468-4145
Southwestern Illinois College (618)931-0600 ext. 7396
Madison County Community Development (618)296-4382
Transportation Assistance
Madison County Catholic Charities (Alton) (618)-462-0634
Madison County Catholic Charities (Granite City) (618)877-1184
Car Repairs (618)296-6177
Adult Basic Education (GED)
Lewis & Clark Community College (618)468-4141
Southwestern Illinois Collage 1-866-942-7942 ext. 5525

For more information regarding the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program please visit the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity webpage at