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Refugee and Entrant Assistance Discretionary Grants

$847,597,122

Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Agency: ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
CFDA Number
93.576

Objectives: 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 (PC) Program, Ethnic Community Self Help (ECSH) Program, and the Refugee Technical Assistance Program (RTAP). The objectives of these 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; and (9) providing technical assistance to the refugee service providers. 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. It is anticipated that RHP will be awarded as part of formula Refugee Support Services beginning on August 15, 2020. 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 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 by 1) 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 Orga

 
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