Before submitting your Hillsborough County Department of Social Services Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) packet, please make sure the following items are included:
Identification One (1) form for EACH member of household. Acceptable Documents:
Adults 18 and above
- Current (non-expired) Driver’s license or State ID; Immigration verification (green card); Military Photo ID; VA Identification card with DD214; passport; Certificate of Naturalization.
Minors 17 and under: Exemption: no ID required for newborns within first 60 days of birth, if not available
- Current (non-expired) Driver’s License or State ID; Immigration verification (green card); Birth certificate; Immunization records, with government seal or letterhead; passport; Certificate of Naturalization.
Social Security Number Verification (One (1) form for EACH member of household.) Acceptable Documents documentation must include full name and full social security number: (Exemption: no SS required for newborns within first 60 days of birth, if not available)
- U.S. Social Security Administration (SS card); or official STAMPED document from: Florida Department of Children and Families; U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs; U.S. Internal Revenue Service; official school documentation (i.e. transcripts)
Two (2) separate verifications of Hillsborough County residency with physical address. Acceptable Documents at least one verification must be at current physical address:
- Driver’s license or state ID; Current lease agreement; Mortgage Statement; Homestead Exemption Documentation; Verification of Home Ownership; Rent receipt listing: date, property address, landlord’s name and contact information (excluding motel, hotel, or extended stay receipts); Public utility (water, gas or electric) bill *NO Counter Bills; Vehicle registration; Voter registration card; Verification of child school enrollment; Recent historical record of residence documented through a County department or other social service agency’s case record; Canceled mail (envelope) from a federal, state, or county agency; and/or Declaration of Domicile recorded stamped with the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Hillsborough County
Verification of income (Gross income for ALL household members for the past 30 days, from date of application
- Employment pay statement; award letters or print out for: SSA benefit; Unemployment; Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); Affidavit of Support, Child Support, Alimony, Workman’s Compensation, Pension/Retirement/Cost of living allowance; Strike Benefits from Union Funds; Foster Independent Living Programs payments; Annuity/Insurance; Education Assistance (allotted for living expenses); Long term/Short Term Benefits; Rental income receipts or statements; Bank Statement (eBay, PayPal, and cash deposits only); Crimes Compensation letter; Other income (If applicable: Employment Verification form; Certificate of Relative/ Friend Financial Assistance form; Letter on letterhead from last employer with dates and gross wages) For non-verifiable income (Self-Employment: Odd jobs or paid in cash, Cash from a relative or friend, or No income): Self-Declaration form
Verification of Resources, Acceptable Documents (if applicable):
- Current award letter for: Food Stamps or Section 8/HUD/THA
Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) department forms
- Customer Case Set-up Applicant worksheet
- Notice Regarding Collection of Social Security Number form
- Applicant Acknowledgements and Agreements form (Required for each head of household)
- Grant Only form (Complete bottom portion only with Signature of Applicant(s) and date signed)
- Self-Declaration (if undocumented/no income) all adults 18 and over in household.
Scholarship Application required forms
- Scholarship application General/High School/college information (unless application completed online)
- Recommendation form
- Official school transcript. (If mailed send to PO Box 1110 Dept. of Social Services 24th flr. Tampa, FL 33601)
(If faxing official transcripts must be sent directly from school administration/registrar to (813) 276-8593).
Scholarship Essay: Minimum two (2) pages typed double spaced, 1” margins all around Arial/Times new Roman Font
- The essay should address the following questions:
- Why should you be selected for the award?
- What are your academic strengths and weaknesses?
- What are your career goals?
- What extenuating circumstances might prevent you from entering college?
- What are your plans to fund your post-secondary education beyond this scholarship?