Our Partners

Community Action Partnership 

Community Action Partnership is a national, 501(c)3 nonprofit membership organization that provides technical assistance, training, and other resources to Community Action Agencies (CAA) and state CAP partnerships, nonprofit and public groups funded by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), the federal program that allocates funding to states to connect Americans to greater opportunity. 


The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is the sole national association charged with advocating and enhancing the leadership role of States in the administration of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). 

Minnesota Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) 

The OEO is a division within the Minnesota Department of Human Services. As a result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, it operates administers federal and state-funded anti-poverty programs through a network of Community Action Agencies and non-profit organizations. The core areas include community action, food and nutrition, homeless and housing, early childhood facilities programs and the Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM) program.? 


In 1987 Minnesota Head Start programs established the Minnesota Head Start Association (MHSA) with the mission to empower themselves as a united voice in speaking and acting on issues affecting children and families with low incomes. The Association’s second mission is to improve Head Start programs and policies by conducting itself as an informed, respectful, and representative organization. MHSA works in close partnership with the Minnesota Community Action Partnership, advocating jointly on behalf of families with young children in Minnesota.  

National Community Action
dation (NCAF) 

The National Community Action Foundation, founded in 1981 and based in Washington, DC, is a leading voice on federal anti-poverty policy and serves as the federal advocate for the nationwide Community Action network, comprised of locally-based, anti-poverty organizations known as Community Action Agencies and their state and federal partners. NCAF is a 501(c)(4) non-profit membership organization that can lobby and engage in politics.  

National Head Start
Association (NHSA)

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) is a nonprofit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 245,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Since 1974, NHSA has worked diligently for policy changes that ensure historically underserved children have access to the Head Start model of support for the whole child, the family and the community. 

Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) 

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) is a non-profit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) membership corporation. It provides legal services to community action agencies around the country. 

Minnesota Commerce Department

The Minnesota Commerce Department protects the public interest, advocates for Minnesota consumers, and ensures a strong, competitive and fair marketplace. It oversees more than 20 regulated industries and serves as a trusted public resource for consumers, businesses and organizations. It works with local Community Action Agencies to implement energy assistance and weatherization programs. It also works with agencies to protect people from predatory lending practices.