Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for East Asia


The Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) supports NGO humanitarian assistance and protection programs for vulnerable populations in Australia, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. In addition, the Bureau also monitors issues pertaining to the protection and assistance needs of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons (IDPs), stateless persons, vulnerable migrants, and other victims of conflict originating from Southeast Asia and displaced throughout East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia regions.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, Department of State
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962, as amended (MRA), 22 U.S.C. 2601 et seq., 22 U.S.C. 2601
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Non-governmental organizations. The Migration and Refugee Assistance Account (MRA) designates primary UN or IO recipient organizations. NGO activities must be complementary to, and coordinated with, UN programs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refugees and victims of conflict requiring assistance.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) must submit proposals for the Bureau's consideration via Grants.gov (international organizations submit appeals to the Bureau). NGOs may submit proposals in response to funding opportunity announcements posted by the Bureau on Grants.gov to fill critical needs, with Bureau review occurring following the deadline of the funding announcement. (Funding announcements are also posted at http://www.state.gov.) IO and NGO representatives are also encouraged to communicate directly with Bureau program officers regarding priorities and funding timelines. NGOs that have never received PRM funding must be prepared to demonstrate that their organizations meet the financial and accounting requirements of the U.S. Government before they can be eligible to receive Bureau funding.
Award Procedure
The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau makes funding decisions based on recommendations from the Bureau's Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East and other Bureau offices. A warranted grants officer in the Bureau signs the cooperative agreement.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Renewals or extensions require additional approval.
How are proposals selected?
The Bureau's main objective is to help ensure that refugees and victims of conflict have access to basic life-sustaining resources in ways that meet internationally accepted standards of care in shelter, food supply, nutrition, water supply, sanitation, and public health. NGO proposals should clearly use SPHERE standards as the basis for design, implementation, and evaluation, including proposed objectives and indicators. Underlying PRM's support for humanitarian assistance is a commitment to protection, targeted support to women, vulnerable individuals, coordination with relevant UN agencies and other NGOs, sustainability of programming, security, and capacity building. NGOs in search of Bureau funding would do well to address these specific areas in any proposals sent for funding.
How may assistance be used?
The cooperative agreement, grant or contribution provides funds to meet the organization's objectives as approved by the Bureau. Funding documents authorize funds based on the organization's budget submission after Bureau approval.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The general performance of the Recipient's operations will be evaluated and monitored to ensure that the established objectives are being successfully met and to determine whether the performance is in compliance with the terms of the award.
Bureau funds must be included in an appropriate audit or audits performed by independent public accountants in accordance with U.S. Government Auditing Standards established by the Comptroller General of the United States covering financial audits. The audit report is due 30 days after issuance or nine months after the end of the audit period.
Retention and access requirements for records are set forth in 22 CFR 145.53.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Generally, funds are awarded for a 12-month period. Shorter time periods may also be authorized. Payments will be made through the Department of Health and Human Services Payment Management System (PMS). Recipients request funds based on immediate disbursement requirements and disburse funds as soon as possible to minimize the Federal cash on hand in accordance with the policies established by the Treasury Department and mandated by the OMB Circulars.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Hoa Tran
Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Office of Assistance for Asia and the Near East, 2025 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20522-0908 US
Phone: (202) 453-9289
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$49,998,348.00; FY 23 FY 24 FY 21$35,985,997.00; FY 20$59,162,540.00; FY 18$29,139,655.00; FY 19 est $19,387,711.00; FY 13$20,718,964.00; FY 16$18,264,778.00; FY 14$20,073,554.00; FY 17 est $18,300,000.00; FY 12$19,982,796.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All inquiries should be directed to the information contacts listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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