In fiscal year 2007, ORR provided funds for projects to: (1) provide vocational training, job search, and social services to help refugees obtain employment; (2) provide placement of refugees in preferred communities; (3) meet special needs of unanticipated arrivals; (4) meet the needs of refugees arriving in the US with special conditions such as positive HIV, trauma, physical and mental disabilities, and other health related problems; (5) provide microenterprise development services to refugees; (6) provide matching funds for individual development accounts (IDA) and funds for financial literacy training for low-income refugees; (7) provide support for ethnic community self-help organizations; (8) provide support for elderly programs; (9) provide funds to support refugee healthy marriage programs; and (10) provide services for refugees in rural areas.
The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.
In FY 2007, 302 discretionary grants (new and continuations), were funded. FY 2008 est: contingent upon availability of funding, 304 discretionary grants will be funded; and in FY 2009, it is estimated that 307 discretionary grants will be funded.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the notice of funds availability and in the grant award.
Public and private nonprofit agencies.
Refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, Amerasians and certified victims of a severe form of trafficking.
Proof of immigration status must be provided to be eligible to receive services.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is covered under E.O.
"Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her state for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Applications are reviewed and evaluated pursuant to criteria specified in the program announcement. Each agency desiring to respond to a program announcement is required to submit an application. Program grant announcements may be accessed at Grants.gov or at the Office of Refugee Resettlement website at www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr. Application kits, containing the prescribed application forms and supplemental descriptive information, can also be accessed at the ORR website.
The Director of ORR makes the funding decision on all grant awards.
Applicable deadlines are included in the notices of funds availability.
Refugee Act of 1980, Public Law 96-212, Section 412, 94 Stat. 111, 8 U.S.C. 1522, as amended; Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Title V, 94 Stat. 1809, as amended.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 60 to 90 days.
Contingent upon funding availability, grantee performance, and the best interest of the government.
Formula and Matching Requirements
There are no matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Funds made available under this program are for project periods ranging from 17 months to 5 years.
Post Assistance Requirements
Program Performance Reports and Financial Status Reports are required, usually on a quarterly or semi-annual basis.
Final program and financial reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the approved goals and objectives are also required 90 days after the end of the project period.
Periodic audits are made as part of the system of financial management and internal control to meet terms and conditions of grants and other agreements. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Nonprofit organizations receiving less than $25,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements, but records must be available for review by appropriate officials of the Federal grantor agency or subgranting entity.
Grant recipients are required to keep all financial, business, and program reports necessary for program review and audit for the project period and for three years after the end of the project period to insure that funds have been expended in accordance with the regulations, grant terms, and conditions of this program.
(Grants) FY 07 $72,413,000; FY 08 $76,884,000; FY 09 est $77,082,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
From a minimum of $50,000 per grant to the maximum of $19,000,000 based upon the type of funding and the services to be provided.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Program announcements are published in the ACF and ORR website. All inquiries should be directed to the Information Contact listed below.
Regional or Local Office
For program information on Discretionary Targeted Assistance grants and Preventive Health grants, contact Pamela Green-Smith; Telephone: (202) 401-4531. For Discretionary Social Services grants, contact Ron Munia; Telephone: (202) 401-4559. Office of Refugee Resettlement, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, 8th Floor West, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington DC 20447.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Notice of the criteria for awarding funds is published in the ACF website and the ORR website for each type of program announcement for discretionary programs. See the Information Contact section for more information.
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