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Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program

Grants to USA Private and Public Nonprofit Agencies
to Promote Economic Independence for Refugees

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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 Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt


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Grants to USA private and public nonprofit agencies for programs that provide eligible refugees with financial counseling, training, and matched savings accounts. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The program represents an anti-poverty strategy built on asset accumulation for low-income refugee individuals and families with the goal of promoting refugee economic independence.

IDAs are leveraged or matched savings accounts established in qualified financial institutions. In the Refugee IDA Program, IDAs are matched with federal funds that have been allocated as "match funds" from at least 65 percent of the annual federal grant award. The funds are intended for the Asset Goals specified in this announcement. Although the refugee participant maintains control of all funds that the participant deposits in the IDA, including all interest that may accrue on the funds, the participant must sign a Savings Plan Agreement that specifies the funds in the account will be used only for the participant's qualified Asset Goal(s) or for an emergency withdrawal.

The objectives of the Refugee IDA Program are to help participants:

1. Establish IDAs;
2. Maintain regular saving habits;
3. Participate in the financial institutions of this country;
4. Acquire assets to build individual, family, and community resources;
5. Increase their knowledge of financial and monetary topics, including developing a household budget;
6. Advancing the education;
7. Buy homes;
8. Gain access to capital; and
10. Increase the socio-economic development of their communities.

Asset Goals

IDAs are established for refugee participants at a qualified financial institution. Refugee participants will systematically contribute to the IDAs out of earned income to purchase specified Asset Goals. The primary focus of the Asset Goals in their Refugee IDA Program is limited to the following areas:

- Primary Residence Home Purchase;
- Vocational Training, Professional Recertification, and Education (limited to postsecondary education costs, college entrance exam fees, and TOEFL and GED preparation and test fees) as required for employment, certification, or education purposes;
- Microenterprise Capitalization, including home-based child care services; and
- Vehicle Purchase.

Eligible Clients:

Program Requirements:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153104

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $250,000 Per Budget Period
-Award Floor: $100,000 Per Budget Period
-Average Projected Award Amount: $250,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2019

Length of Project Period: 48-month project period with four 12-month budget periods


  • 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 recognized 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:

Public or private non-profit agencies are eligible for awards under this announcement.

Applicants are not eligible for two grants to serve the same population at the same time.

Refugee IDA Program grantees awarded ORR funding prior to, or in 2016, with the project period ending before, or on September 29, 2019, are eligible to compete for funding and propose servicing the existing population and/or geographic location under this announcement provided all eligibility criteria are met.

ORR Refugee IDA grantees that were awarded in FY 2018 are eligible to apply under this FOA, but must propose servicing a distinctively different geographic location from their existing geographic target. The proposed geographic location must be served throughout the project period.

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.

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

Funding Restrictions:

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 listed. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed.

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information.

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:

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:

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through 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

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:

Refugee IDA 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 an annual 2-day workshop at ORR's office in Washington, DC each year.

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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:

Yimeem Vu
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Refugee Services
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4825

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Lisa Dammar
Administration for Children and Families
Phone: (202) 401-4577

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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