Refugee and Entrant Assistance Discretionary Grants


The objectives of the discretionary grant programs include: (1) promoting refugee health and emotional wellness; (2) encouraging the placement of refugees in locations with good opportunities and specialized case management for vulnerable cases; (3) assisting low-income refugees with matching funds for individual development accounts and with financial literacy classes; (4) providing micro-credit to refugees interested in starting new businesses but unable to access commercial sources of capital; (5) provision of agricultural training and opportunities to improve the local food systems for refugee farmers; (6) promoting integration; (7) assisting refugees to achieve career advancement; (8) assisting refugees to open family based child care businesses; (9) providing technical assistance to the refugee service providers Currently, the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is funding nine programs under this listing: Refugee Health Promotion (RHP), Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA), Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP), Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development Program (RFCCMED), Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program, Refugee Microenterprise Development (MED) Program, Preferred Communities Program, Ethnic Community Self Help (ECSH) Program, and the Refugee Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). The RHP discretionary grant program?s purpose is to support health and emotional wellness among refugees. The program is designed to coordinate and promote local health and mental health services and education. The funding should enhance access to health care services. The Refugee IDA Program recipients manage IDAs for low-income refugee participants. Eligible refugee participants who enroll in these projects will open and contribute systematically to IDAs for specified Asset Goals, including home ownership, business capitalization, vehicles for educational or work purposes, professional certification, and education (limited to postsecondary education, college entrance exam fees, and preparation and test fees for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and General Education Development (GED) exam). Recipients coordinate their policies and procedures for developing and administering refugee IDA projects with ORR and with the existing refugee IDA network. The RAPP recipients develop strategies that incorporate agriculture and food systems to improve the livelihoods and economic self-sufficiency of refugee families, with particular emphasis on newly arrived refugees. RAPP requirements are to provide: 1) access to land; 2) farming production; 3) training and technical assistance (TA); and 4) coordination with the refugee resettlement community. The RTAP creates a national one-stop source or hub for refugee TA and training. This national hub provides coordinated, innovative TA and training to ORR-funded state refugee programs and ORR funded refugee service providers, filling gaps where no other such TA and training exists. The RFCCMED Program enables recipients to help refugees to achieve self-sufficiency by establishing small family child care businesses. The program will provide refugee participants with training and TA in professional child care, microenterprise development, and financial literacy; assist refugee participants in navigating the child care licensing process; and provide direct financial assistance as needed to enable participants to prepare their homes for child care business operation. Through the RCP Program ORR will provide funding to enable refugees to obtain self-sufficiency by obtaining the means to secure professional or skilled employment drawing upon previously-acquired knowledge, skills, and experience. The overall goal of the Refugee MED Program is to assist refugees to become economically self-sufficient by1) assisting refugees to establish microenterprise businesses through the provision of MED loans, Training and TA, and 2) assisting refugees in building credit history and/or repairing their credit score. The goal of the ECSH Program is to support Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. For the purposes of the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), ORR considers an ECBO as a non-profit organization whose board of directors is comprised of at least 60 percent current and/or former refugees. Under the ECSH Program, the following three main objectives must be implemented: 1) to strengthen ECBOs? provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees within five years after their initial resettlement; 2) to support ECBOs' organizational development and engagement in capacity building by encouraging their collaboration with established refugee service providers and mainstream organizations; and 3) to support ECBOs in promoting community building and civic participation by refugee individuals and refugee community members. The Preferred Communities (PC) Program supports the resettlement of especially vulnerable refugee groups at resettlement sites that PC service providers designate as ?Preferred Communities.? The term refers to locations that offer excellent opportunities for the integration and resettlement of the most vulnerable newly and recently arrived refugees. The twin goals of the PC Program are: the successful resettlement and integration of especially vulnerable refugees (and other ORR client populations); and the enhancement of PC service providers? capacity to serve such populations at new or established PC locations.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is projected that there will be 256 discretionary and 38 refugee health grants awarded in FY 2016. 297 discretionary and 37 refugee health promotion grants were awarded in FY 2016.
Fiscal Year 2017 There were 190 discretionary and 41 refugee health promotion grants awarded in FY 2017.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018 there were 112 discretionary and 41 Refugee Health Promotion grants awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 It is projected that there will be 112 discretionary and 41 Refugee Health Promotion grants awarded in FY 2019.
Fiscal Year 2020 It is projected that there will be 112 discretionary grants awarded in FY 2020. It is anticipated that Refugee Health Promotion will be awarded as part of formula Refugee Support Services beginning on September 30, 2020.
Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Public Law 96-422, Statute 94,1809
Refugee Act of 1980, Title VIII, Section 412, Public Law 96-212, Chapter 12, 8 U.S.C. 1522, Statute 94,111
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
For Refugee IDA, RAPP, RTAP, RFCCMED, RCP, MED, PC and Ethnic Community Programs: Public and private nonprofit agencies may apply for these grants. For RHP: Eligible entities include: a) the state government agency that is responsible for the refugee program under 45 CFR 400.5 or such agency's designee or the state government agency responsible for the refugee health program as evidenced by ORR's review of the State Plan; b) an agency that has statewide responsibility for an alternative to the state-administered program in lieu of the State under a Wilson/Fish grant authorized by section 412(e)(7) of the INA or such agency's designee. For all programs: Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refugees, certain Amerasians, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, certified victims of a severe form of trafficking, and Special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan.Detailed information on eligibility of ORR-funded projects is available at 45 SS CFR 400.43 and ORR Policy Letter 16-01, which can be found on the ORR website at:
Proof of immigration status in the form of an I-94 card or a final grant of asylum letter from the Department of Justice or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS), must be provided to be eligible to receive services. For victims of a severe form of trafficking, clients must present a certification or eligibility letter from ORR. For IDA non-profit applicants, proof of Non-Profit status is required.
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. Applicants may find funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) on or on the ACF website at Applicants may apply on
Award Procedure
Each application will be screened to determine whether it meets any of the disqualifying factors: missing the application deadline, required electronic submission or waiver requested and approved, or exceeding the Award Ceiling. Disqualified applications are considered to be "non-responsive" and are excluded from the competitive review process. Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels using only the criteria described in FOA. Each panel is composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and rankings are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ACF may elect not to fund applicants with management or financial problems that would indicate an inability to successfully complete the proposed project. ACF reserves the right to consider preferences to fund organizations serving emerging, unserved, or under-served populations, including those populations located in pockets of poverty. ACF will also consider the geographic distribution of federal funds in its award decisions. ACF will complete a review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR 75.205. After review by an independent panel, the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement makes final funding decisions, and grant awards are issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Not applicable.
Non-competing continuations will be issued annually contingent upon funding availability, grantee performance, and the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria for awarding funds are published in the FOA.
How may assistance be used?
Income Security/Social Service/Welfare Funds are used for the administration of programs and to provide services as outlined in each Funding Opportunity Announcement.Funds may be used only for purposes set forth in the Funding Opportunity Announcement and in the notice of grant award. Services provided must not supplant services that may be available through existing federal, state, or local programs.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring activities include on-site and desk monitoring of projects. On site, the ORR team interviews agency staff and clients and reviews case files and financial documents.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
Grant recipients are required to keep all financial, business, and program records necessary for program review and audit in accordance with 45 CFR Part 75.361-365.
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
Funds made available under this program are for project periods ranging from 1 to 5 years. Funds are awarded annually during the project. Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Anastasia Brown, Director, Division of Refugee Services (IDA, RAPP, RFCCMED, RCP, MED, ECSH, RTAP)
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C St SW, MS 5123
Washington, DC 20201 USA
Phone: (202) 401-4559

Dr. Curi Kim,Director, Division of Refugee Health (RHP)
Mary E. Switzer Building,
330 C St SW, MS 5123
Washington, DC 20201 USA
Phone: 202-401-5585
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$4,600,000.00; FY 19 est $4,600,000.00; FY 20 est $402,000.00; FY 17$4,600,000.00; FY 16$4,600,000.00; - Refugee Health Promotion(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$37,569,915.00; FY 19 est $37,679,308.00; FY 20 est $31,437,000.00; FY 17$33,263,046.00; FY 16$45,036,000.00; - SS Discretionary
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refugee Health Promotion grants range from a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $195,000. The remaining 6 Discretionary grant programs range from a minimum of $90,000 to a maximum of $3,144,736.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
FOAs are posted on the ACF website and can also be accessed through Inquiries may be directed to the Information Contact listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.