Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Western Hemisphere


In response to the the outflows of refugees and migrants from Venezuela, PRM, since 2017, has provided direct emergency humanitarian assistance such as food, non-food items, shelter, health, psychosocial support, and livelihoods support to assist with the integration of Venezuelans into host communities, via multilateral and non-governmental implementing partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. PRM also provides humanitarian assistance for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Colombia and for Colombian refugees throughout the region. This assistance helps ensure adequate protection for vulnerable people, fill gaps in the provision of emergency humanitarian assistance, and builds local government and community capacity.

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 (MRAA) of 1962 as amended, 22 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
United Nations, international and non-governmental organizations. MRA designates primary UN or IO recipient organizations. NGO activities must be complementary to, and coordinated with, UN programs. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refugees and victims of conflict requiring assistance. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
Applicants must comply with the PRM NGO Guidelines. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
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 in response to funding opportunity announcements posted by the Bureau on Grants.gov to to fill critical needs, with Bureau review following the deadline of the funding announcement. International Organizations (IOs) submit appeals to the Bureau. (Funding opportunity 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. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
Award Procedure
The Assistant Secretary of the Bureau makes funding decisions based on recommendations from the Bureau's Office of Assistance for Europe, Central Asia and Americas and other Bureau Offices. A warranted grants officer in the bureau signs the cooperative agreement. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
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. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
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. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
How may assistance be used?
The cooperative agreement or grant 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. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
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. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
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. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement. Assistance awards are issued in the U.S. Department of State's on-line assistance management system - State Assistance Management System (SAMS Domestic). Payments will be made through the U.S. 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 U.S. Treasury Department and mandated by the OMB Circulars. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Lyric Doolan Team Lead, Western Hemisphere Assistance
2025 E Street NW 8th FLoor, SA-9
Washington, DC 20520
Washington, DC 20520 USA
Phone: 202-453-9279
Fax: 202-453-9392
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$27,068,746.00; FY 19 est $27,000,000.00; FY 20 est $27,000,000.00; FY 16$22,864,159.00; FY 12$17,371,720.00; FY 13$17,706,876.00; FY 14$16,051,526.00; FY 17 est $22,800,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
All inquiries should be directed to the information contacts listed below. See www.grants.gov for individual announcement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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