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 eight months (240 days) of program enrollment, without accessing public cash assistance. The Matching Grant Program assists refugees in becoming self-supporting and independent members of American society by providing 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 agencies grantees received annual awards totaling $47,497,900. The program newly enrolled 19,443 individuals and 81 percent of those exiting the program were deemed self-sufficient.
Fiscal Year 2020 The nine voluntary agency recipients received quarterly awards totaling $34,647,502 to provide for up to 8,918 individuals
Fiscal Year 2021 In FY 2021, the nine voluntary agency recipients received annual awards totaling $40,513,000 to provide services for up to 14,732 individuals.
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022, 9 voluntary agency recipients received awards totaling 214,299,800 and served 39,431 individuals.
Fiscal Year 2023 In FY 2023, 9 voluntary agency recipients are expected to receive annual awards totaling 214,062,500 and serve up to 55,600 individuals.
Fiscal Year 2024 In FY 2024, the ten voluntary agency recipients are expected to receive annual awards totaling $$208,785,500 and serve up to 54,230 individuals.
Defense Authorization Act of 2008, Public Law 110-181
Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Public Law 106-386
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
Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, Public Law 117-128
Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, Public Law 117-43, Title III, as amended through Public Law 117-86.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Awards are limited to nonprofit organizations that have a Reception and Placement Cooperative Agreement with the Department of State.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refugees, certain Amerasians, Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, certified victims of a severe form of trafficking, Special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan, and certain Afghan or Ukrainian humanitarian parolees are the beneficiaries. Information on eligibility is available at 45 CFR 400.43 and ORR Policy Letters 16-01, 22-10 and 22-13 at: Enrollment must occur within 31 to 90 days of the individual's date of eligibility. At least one member of the case unit must be deemed 'employable' and all other members must be otherwise eligible. Individuals who are expected to receive Supplemental Security Income within nine months; individuals who are economically self-sufficient; and individuals receiving cash assistance or supplementary income are not eligible.
Refugees, certain Amerasian immigrants from Vietnam, Cuban/Haitian entrants, asylees, victims of a severe form of trafficking, Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants and Afghan and Ukrainian Humanitarian Parolees as outlined in ORR PL 22-10 and ORR PL 22-13 are eligible for services.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. 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 recipients are invited to submit a yearly project plan to HHS.
Award Procedure
Amounts are formula based dependent on the number of eligible individuals each recipient is likely to resettle, consideration of past performance and availability of funds. The Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement makes final funding decisions before awards are issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
A deadline for the submission of a project plan is established in the invitation to each voluntary agency. The invitation also establishes the dates of the period of performance, and awards are issued accordingly.
For existing recipients, appeals in regard to disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
The yearly award will be issued based on availability of funds, satisfactory progress, compliance with award terms and conditions and a determination that continuation funding is in the best interest of the federal government.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Federal funding is calculated at a rate of $3,850 per anticipated enrollment. This includes $1,850 dedicated to case management and administrative costs and $2,000 per capita for actual client enrollments reserved for client direct assistance costs. Case management and administrative funding covers all allowable national and local service provider administrative costs associated with the program including indirect costs; these funds may also be used for client direct assistance. Client direct assistance funding is per capita based and limited to actual enrollments; these funds support required services including employment services, housing and utilities, food, transportation, cash allowance, health and medical, English language training, social adjustment, and other support services for six to eight months. Client direct assistance funding is subject to a matching requirement of $1 in private funds and in-kind contributions for every $2 of Federal Funds.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: In addition to the progress reports, performance monitoring activities include on site and desk monitoring of recipients. Matching Grant Program guidelines include the requirement that national recipients 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 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. Percent: Other Percent: Other **Actual Percentage is 33.33% (one-third of total client direct assistance program cost). Client direct assistance funding is awarded on a basis of $2 in Federal funds for each $1 of private funds up to a maximum of $2,000 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 and reflect a one-year period of performance. 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 22$77,492,800.00; FY 23 est $190,000,000.00; FY 24 est $208,785,500.00; FY 21$40,513,000.00; - (Formula Grants) FY 22$115,030,650.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; - Afghanistan Supplemental(Formula Grants) FY 22$21,776,350.00; FY 23 est $24,062,500.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$0.00; - Ukraine Supplemental
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2022, the awards ranged from $8,885,950 to 44,293,200 with an average award of $23,811,089. In FY 2023, the anticipated range of awards is from $6,953,100 to $37,017,750 with an average award of $21,133,506.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Annual Matching Grant Program guidelines are issued by the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.