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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, Tribes, and
Nonprofits to Support Afghan Refugees

Ethnic Community Self Help (ECSH) Program

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:

06/27/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA agencies, IHEs, Tribes, and nonprofit organizations to support Afghan refugees. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to help Afghan citizens and nationals become integrated into American society.

The Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the Ethnic Community Self-Help (ECSH) Program. The goal of this 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. Under the ECSH Program, the following main objectives must be implemented: (1) to strengthen ECBOs’ provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees within 5 years after their initial resettlement; (2) to support ECBOs' organizational development and engagement in capacity building by encouraging their collaboration with established refugee service providers and mainstream organizations; and (3) to support ECBOs in promoting community building and civic participation by refugee individuals and refugee community members. 

Funding for this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is provided through the Afghanistan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022 for carrying out refugee and entrant assistance activities in support of citizens or nationals of Afghanistan paroled into the United States and citizens or national of Afghanistan for whom such refugee and entrant assistance activities are authorized. For this reason, ORR is only able to fund projects that propose to serve citizens or nationals of Afghanistan paroled into the United States between July 31, 2021, and September 30, 2022, and citizens or nationals of Afghanistan for whom such refugee and entrant assistance activities are authorized.

ORR is interested in, and will award bonus points to, proposed projects that (1) advance opportunities for Afghan women, (2) are implemented by ECBOs, and/or (3) are implemented in at least one of the locations where ORR expects a significant number of Afghan humanitarian parolees to resettle. 

Goals and Objectives of the ECSH Program can be found on page 4 of the FOA. See Attached Files, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 132451

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$21,000,000

Number of Grants:

35

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $600,000
- Award Floor: $300,000

Term of Contract:

Projects under this NOFO will be fully funded for a period of 36 months.

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 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:

ECSH Program recipients that were awarded in FY 2020 (whose projects started on September 30, 2020) are eligible to apply under this NOFO, but must propose distinct and separate services from those being conducted under their existing ECSH project, and/or must propose servicing a distinctively different geographic location from their existing location. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and funding under this funding opportunity.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity. Faith-based organizations may apply for this award on the same basis as any other organization, as set forth at and, subject to the protections and requirements of 45 CFR Part 87 and 42 U.S.C. 2000bb et seq., ACF will not, in the selection of recipients, discriminate against an organization on the basis of the organization's religious character, affiliation, or exercise.

Eligibility for Services is limited. For a list of criteria, see page 6 of the FOA in Attached Files.

Funding Restrictions can be found on page 39 of the FOA. See Attached Files, below.

Pre-Application Information:

Close Information:Jun 27, 2022 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the listed application due date.

Organizations must have an active System for Award (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and Grants.gov account to apply for grants.

Creating a Grants.gov account can be completed online in minutes, but SAM registration may take several weeks. Therefore, an organization’s registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact the entities ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

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

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335551

Contact Information:

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

Program Office Contact
Zahra Cheema
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Refugee Services
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington DC 20201
202-401-5676
Zahra.Cheema@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact
Tim Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Division of Discretionary Grants
330 C Street, SW.
Washington DC 20201
202-401-5676
Tim.Chappelle@acf.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.576

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2022-ACF-ORR-RE-0048

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