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to Promote Economic Independence for Refugees

Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA) 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:

07/25/22 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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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 client maintains control of all funds that the client deposits in the IDA, including all interest that may accrue on the funds, the client must sign a Savings Plan Agreement that specifies the funds in the account will be used only for the client's qualified asset goal(s) or for an emergency withdrawal.

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

  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. Advance their education;
  7. Buy homes;
  8. Gain access to capital; and
  9. Increase the socio-economic development of their communities.

New projects will accomplish these objectives by establishing programs that combine the provision of matched savings accounts with financial training and counseling.

IDAs are established for refugee clients at a qualified financial institution. Refugee clients 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;
  • Rental assistance, including utilities;
  • 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 educational purposes;
  • Microenterprise capitalization, including home-based child care services; and,
  • Vehicle purchase.

For a comprehensive discussion of eligible clients, see pp. 4-5 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

For program requirements, see pp. 6-9 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153104

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

13

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $750,000 Per Project Period
Award Floor: $500,000 Per Project Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2022

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:

Eligible applicants for refugee programs under the INA § 412(c)(1)(A) are "public and private nonprofit agencies."

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.

For funding restrictions, see pp. 44-45 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 pm ET on July 25, 2022.

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.

Refugee IDA Programs will be expected to participate in ORR-sponsored webinars, training 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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339004

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

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:
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
(202) 401-4825
Yimeem.vu@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Tim Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Community Strengthening Grants
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 401-4855
Tim.chappelle@acf.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.576

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2022-ACF-ORR-ZI-0158

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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