U.S. Repatriation


The United States (U.S.) Repatriation Program was established by Title XI, Section 1113 of the Social Security Act (Assistance for U.S. Citizens Returned from Foreign Countries) to provide temporary assistance to U.S. citizens and their dependents who have been identified by the Department of State (DOS) as having returned, or been brought from a foreign country to the U.S. because of destitution, illness, war, threat of war, or a similar crisis, and are without available resources immediately accessible to meet their needs. The Program was later expanded in response to legislation enacted by Congress to address the particular needs of persons with mental illness (24 U.S.C. Sections 321 through 329). In addition, through Executive Order (E.O.) 12656 (53 FR 47491) as amended, HHS was given the lead to ?develop plans and procedures, in coordination with the heads of Federal departments and agencies, for assistance to United States citizens or others evacuated from overseas areas.?

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 One Cooperative Agreement of approximately $932,000 will be awarded. One Cooperative Agreement of $932,000 was awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 One Cooperative Agreement of $2,249,983 was awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 One Cooperative Agreement, non-competing continuation, of $1,000,000 was awarded
Fiscal Year 2019 One Cooperative Agreement, non-competing continuation, of $938,000 was awarded
Fiscal Year 2020 One Cooperative Agreement, non-competing continuation, of $941,000 is anticipated to be awarded
Social Security Act, Title XI, Part A, Section 1113, 42 U.S.C. 1313
24 U.S.C. 321-329
53 FR 47491, Title E.O. 12656 - Assignment of emergency preparedness responsibilities
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Organizations with expertise in social services, mental health, child welfare, the criminal justice system, and emergency management are eligible. Agencies with experience working with the U.S. embassies and/or international organizations. 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
Citizens of the United States and dependents of citizens of the United States are the beneficiaries, if they (A) are identified by the Department of State as having returned, or been brought, from a foreign country to the United States because of the destitution of the citizen of the United States or the illness of such citizen or any of his dependents or because of war, threat of war, invasion, or similar crisis, and (B) are without available resources. ACF Repatriation Program authorized staff determines if citizens and their dependents meet eligibility requirements. In addition, U.S. nationals who are determined eligible by an ACF authorized staff in accordance to 45 CFR 211.3. During emergency repatriations, ACF authorized deployed personnel determine eligibility for repatriation assistance.
A written statement from the Department of State containing information and documents needed to establish eligibility under applicable HHS Repatriation Program regulations (e.g. proof of U.S. Citizenship, certificate of mental condition) are 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 https://www.grants.gov or on the ACF website at https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/. Applicants may apply on https://grants.gov.
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The criteria are included in the funding opportunity announcement.
How may assistance be used?
The Repatriation Program provides temporary assistance for up to 90 days to eligible repatriates. Temporary assistance is defined by legislation as money payments, medical care, temporary billeting (e.g. shelter), transportation, and other goods and services necessary for the health or welfare of individuals (including guidance, counseling, and other welfare services). Services are furnished within the U.S. to repatriates who are referred or brought back to the U.S. This temporary assistance is provided in the form of an assistance loan and must be repaid to the U.S. Government. Repatriates sign a repayment agreement accepting to repay the federal government for the cost associated to the services received.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: There is ongoing desk monitoring of the grantee and yearly on-site monitoring. Performance progress reports are required using the SF-PPR ACF Performance Progress Report. The frequency of reporting is semi-annual. For more information, see: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/discretionary-post-award-requirements#chapter-2.
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. Before destroying cases, notice must be provided to the designated ACF Program Manager for applicable guidance.
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
Grants are awarded for a five-year project period with annual budget periods. Grantees draw down funds, as required, for reimbursement of expenditures from the HHS Payment Management System.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Elizabeth B. Russell
U.S. Repatriation Program,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Administration for Children & Families,
Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR)
Washington, DC 20201 US
Phone: 2024014845
Fax: 2024010981
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$1,000,000.00; FY 19 est $938,000.00; FY 20 est $941,000.00; FY 17$2,249,983.00; FY 16$932,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
One Cooperative Agreement non-competing continuation is awarded each year of the project period. When funds are available, reimbursement is provided to states and applicable support agencies for emergency management activities.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Regulations found under 45 C.F.R. Part 211- 212. Additional information can be requested by contacting ACF.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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