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Can SBG funds be used for a guaranteed income (GI) program?

Yes. ACL NO. 22-23, details allowable activities under the State Block Grant (SBG) funding, which include primary prevention services. Primary prevention is defined as, “activities are directed at the general population to strengthen communities and improve child well-being by focusing on the social determinants of health, defined as the conditions into which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life.” Therefore, a guaranteed income program developed to strengthen communities and improve child well-being could be considered primary prevention services. The local GI program developed as a prevention service and its expenditures should be detailed in the CPP.

For information on or requests to exempt income of a local GI program from Cal Fresh or Cal Works benefits budgets, please contact