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Refugee and Entrant Assistance Discretionary Grants


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
CFDA Number

Objectives: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is funding eight programs under this listing: 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) building capacity for the placement of refugees in locations with good opportunities and providing specialized case management for vulnerable cases; (2) assisting low-income refugees with matching funds for individual development accounts and with financial literacy classes; (3) providing micro-credit to refugees interested in starting new businesses but unable to access commercial sources of capital; (4) providing agricultural training and opportunities to improve the local food systems for refugee farmers; (5) promoting integration; (6) assisting refugees to achieve career advancement; (7) assisting refugees to open family based child care businesses; and (8) providing technical assistance to the refugee service providers; (9) providing employer based educational and language acquisition opportunities. Through 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 provides refugee participants with training and TA in professional child care, microenterprise development, and financial literacy; assists refugee participants in navigating the child care licensing process; and provides direct financial assistance as needed to enable participants to prepare their homes for child care business operation. Through the RCP Program, ORR provides 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 Organizations (ECBOs) in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. 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 EC