Refugee and Entrant Assistance Voluntary Agency Programs


The Matching Grant Program was created in 1979 as an intensive case management program with the objective to fast track new arrivals toward economic self-sufficiency within four to six months (120 ? 180 days) of program eligibility, without accessing public cash assistance. The Matching Grant Program assists refugees in becoming self-supporting and independent members of American society by providing grant funds to private nonprofit organizations to support case management, transitional assistance, and social services for new arrivals.

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
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY 2016, 34,686 individuals are expected to receive services through this program. The nine voluntary agency grantees are expected to receive grants through this program and serve 34,686 individuals. In FY 2016, 84% of the 34,686 clients enrolled were economically self-sufficient at the end of the 180 day program period. Total program cost of $114.45 million includes $76.3 million federal and $38.15 million match from nine participating voluntary agency grantees. These grantees are providing Matching Grant Program services at 226 locations in 42 states. The program served 34,686 individuals with FY 2016 funding.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 2017, the nine voluntary agencies received $68,200,000 in grants and served 25,591 individuals. As actual funding is per capita based the final total expenditures will be reconciled against individuals enrolled.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018, the nine voluntary agency grantees received $47,000,000 in grants and served 17,472 individuals.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019, the nine voluntary agency grantees are expected to receive $47,500,000 in grants to serve 18,269 individuals.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY 2020, the nine voluntary agency grantees are expected to receive $47,000,000 in grants through this program and serve 18,077 individuals.
Defense Authorization Act of 2008, Public Law 110-181
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386
FY 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Public Law 111-08
Refugee Act of 1980, Title VIII, Section 412, Public Law 96-212, 8 U.S.C. 1522(c)(1)(A), Statute 94,111
Consolidated Appropriations Act 2008, Public Law 110-161
Refugee Assistance Extension Act of 1986, Public Law 99-605, Statute 100,3449
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Grant awards are limited to private nonprofit organizations that have a Reception and Placement Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State or Department of Homeland Security.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Enrollment must occur within 31 to 90 days of the individual's date of eligibility. The date of eligibility for Matching Grant Services is counted from the date of arrival into the country for refugees and Amerasians; the date a Cuban/Haitian becomes an entrant; the date of the final grant of asylum for asylees; the date of the certification or eligibility letter for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking; and the date an Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) arrives in the U.S. or the date of adjustment of status if applying for Special Immigrant Status within the U.S. At least one member of the case unit must be deemed 'employable' for the case to be enrolled in the Matching Grant Program, and all other members must be otherwise Program eligible. Elderly or disabled individuals who are expected to receive Supplemental Security Income within nine months after arrival; individuals who are already economically self-sufficient; and individuals receiving other forms of cash assistance or supplementary income are not eligible for the matching grant program.
Newly arriving refugees, certain Amerasians, Cuban or Haitian Entrants, asylees, and Iraqi or Afghan Special Immigrants, as evidenced in the documentation from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and victims of severe forms of trafficking with certification documents issued by HHS.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Funding under this program is limited to private nonprofit organizations that have a Reception and Placement Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State or Department of Homeland Security.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Eligible grantees are invited to submit a yearly project plan to HHS.
Award Procedure
Grant amounts are formula based dependent on the number of eligible individuals each grantee is likely to resettle, consideration of past performance and availability of funds. 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
Deadlines are established in the invitation to submit a project plan.
For existing recipients, appeals in regards to disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
The yearly grant is contingent on funds availability, grantee performance, and the best interest of the government.
How are proposals selected?
Funding under this program is limited to private nonprofit organizations that have a Reception and Placement Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State or Department of Homeland Security.
How may assistance be used?
Federal funds of up to $2,600 per enrollment are provided on a matching basis of $2 of Federal funds matched by $1 of private funds and in-kind contributions. Required services include case management, employment services, housing and utilities, food, transportation, cash allowance, health and medical, English language training, social adjustment, and other support services for four to six months.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Performance monitoring activities include on site and desk monitoring of grantees. Matching Grant Program guidelines include the requirement that national grantees must monitor their local service providers and report back to ORR as part of their semi-annual reporting requirements.
45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
All financial records are to be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. **Actual Percentage is 33.33% (one-third of total program cost). Grants are awarded on a basis of $2 in Federal funds for each $1 of private funds up to a maximum of $2,600 per enrollment. The nonfederal share may be through in-kind donations or cash.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds are awarded on a yearly basis. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Quarterly.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Anastasia Brown, Director Division of Refugee Services
Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street SW
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: (202) 401-4559
Fax: (202) 401-0981
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 18$47,000,000.00; FY 19 est $47,500,000.00; FY 20 est $47,000,000.00; FY 17$68,200,000.00; FY 16$76,309,200.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2018, the grants ranged from $1,740,000 to $10,072,200 with an average award of $5,222,222.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Annual Matching Grant Program guidelines are issued by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.