Wilson/Fish Alternative Program

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces that applications will be accepted from public and private non-profit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations, under a discretionary announcement for Wilson/Fish projects that proposes innovative approaches to providing integrated


services and cash assistance to refugees.

ORR will consider proposals from:
(1) applicants that currently administer a Wilson/Fish program and; (2) applicants that have never administered a Wilson/Fish program that propose to either:
(a) establish or maintain a refugee program in a State where the State is not participating in the refugee program or is withdrawing from the refugee program or a portion of the program; or (b) provide an alternative to the existing system of assistance and services to refugees.

Applicants must propose to serve at a minimum, all newly arriving refugees in the State or geographic area of the cash assistance type proposed, e.g., all refugees otherwise eligible for RCA and/or TANF (referred to as ``RCA-type'' or ``TANF-type'' refugees).

ORR prefers that Wilson/Fish projects are statewide in scope.

A new applicant that proposes a non-statewide Wilson/Fish alternative project must provide a justification that includes a statement of support from the State Refugee Coordinator as to why a non-statewide project would be in the best interests of the State's refugees.
Related Programs

Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Wilson/Fish Program

Department of Health and Human Services

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Additional Information of Eligibility:
According to Section 412 (e) of the INA [Cash Assistance and Medical Assistance to Refugees], "The (ORR) Director is authorized to provide assistance, reimbursement to States, and grants to, and contracts with, public or private nonprofit agencies..." Faith-based and community organuizations are eligible to apply under this announcement.

Individuals and foreign entities are not eligible for awards made under this announcement.

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ACF Applications Help Deskapp_support@acf.hhs.gov

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