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Ethnic Community Self Help (ECSH) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies
to Provide Self-Help Groups for Refugees

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

Deadline Date:

06/18/19 4:30 PM ET Mailed paper applications, 11:59 PM ET Electronic receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit community organizations and agencies serving refugee populations to provide self-help groups for refugees. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support organizations whose board of directors is comprised of at least 60 percent current and/or former refugees.

Effective refugee self-help groups contribute to refugees' self-sufficiency, visibility, empowerment, and active participation in their communities. ECBOs help their members navigate their new environment, while catering to their communities' economic and psychosocial needs. Their linguistic and cultural competence provides insights into the background, needs, and potential of newly arrived refugee communities. This allows them to serve as powerful supporters for improved culturally appropriate services to refugees, and to foster the growth of community leaders. ECBOs often also serve as cultural brokers and perform vital tasks such as promoting cross-cultural understanding between newly arrived refugee communities and receiving communities.

ORR is particularly interested in supporting projects that include a direct service component focusing on providing programming around 1) emotional and behavioral well-being through non-clinical interventions and psychosocial support, and 2) youth support emphasizing college preparation and after-school activities. ORR will award bonus points for such activities. Please see Section V.1. Criteria for more information.

ORR will award a bonus point to projects that propose to implement activities in states identified by the Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s Refugee Processing Center as having a high refugee resettlement rate in FY 2018 and that do not have an ECSH grant as of September 30, 2019. The following states are eligible: Texas, Washington, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Georgia, Minnesota, and Michigan. Please see Section V.1. Criteria for more information.

Goal and Objectives of the ECSH Program

The goal of the ECSH Program is to support ECBOs in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. In promotion of this goal, ORR has identified the following three program objectives that must be carried out under the ECSH Program:

1) Strengthen Provision of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services: To strengthen ECBOs’ provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees within 5 years after their initial resettlement.
2) Support Organizational Development: To support ECBOs' organizational development and engagement in capacity building by encouraging their collaboration with established refugee service providers and mainstream organizations.
3) Promote Community Building and Civic Participation: To support ECBOs in promoting community building and civic participation by refugee individuals and refugee community members.

For lists of allowable activities for each of the above program areas, see: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-ORR-RE-1551_0.pdf#page=4

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132451

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Number of Grants:

13

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $200,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $100,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $150,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019

Length of Project Period: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally funded tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

ORR requires ECSH Programs to be implemented by ECBOs. For the purposes of this FOA, ORR considers an ECBO as a non-profit organization whose board of directors is comprised of at least 60 percent current and/or former refugees. Applicants are required to submit written evidence identifying the current and/or former refugees who comprise at least 60 percent of the organization's board of directors.

ECSH Program grantees that were awarded in FY 2017 are eligible to apply under this FOA, but must propose completely distinct and separate services from those being conducted under the FY 2017 FOA, and/or must propose servicing a distinctively different geographic location from their existing location. Services must not be in addition to any current services conducted under the original ECSH grant; they must be for new services only. The proposed geographic location and proposed services must be served throughout the project period. For more information on this requirement, see Section IV.2. The Project Budget and Budget Justification.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. See Section III.3. Other, Application Disqualification Factors.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Funding restrictions: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-ORR-RE-1551_0.pdf#page=41

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 06/18/2019

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date.

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.gov. Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Organization applicants can find complete instructions here:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form.

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-duns-number.html

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-with-sam.html

ECSH programs will be expected to participate in ORR sponsored webinars, trainings and peer sharing events throughout the program period. An annual workshop is planned for each program year. Attendance is required for one key staff member to participate in a 2-day workshop in Washington D.C. each year.

View this opportunity online: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2019-ACF-ORR-RE-1551_0.htm

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309697

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submission By Mail and Hand delivery:

Lisa Dammar
Administration for Children and Families
Division of Discretionary Grants
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington , DC 20201

Program Office Contact:

Anastasia Brown
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Phone: (202) 401-4559
Email: Anastasia.Brown@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Lisa Dammar
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Phone: (202) 205-8109
Email: Lisa.Dammar@acf.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.576

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2019-ACF-ORR-RE-1551

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming