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with IHEs to Help Refugees Obtain Employment

Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) Program

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

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07/01/22 4:30 PM ET receipt for paper applications, 11:59 PM ET receipt for online submissions


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Grants to USA public and private nonprofit agencies partnering with IHEs and other educational institutions to assist refugees from Afghanistan in obtaining professional employment. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support the implementation of activities, including training and individualized technical assistance, that help refugees qualify for credentials and certifications necessary to advance in their chosen careers and improve self-sufficiency.

The RCP program was established by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to address the obstacles faced by resettled refugees in initiating professional careers in their new communities. While many refugees have previous professional experience in their country of origin, they often lack the degrees, certifications, and knowledge specific to the U.S. job environment needed to attain professional employment after resettlement. Under the RCP program, the primary focus is to assist refugees and other eligible populations in learning about career pathways and developing individualized plans to gain employment and advance within their chosen career field.

The ORR invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the Refugee Career Pathways (RCP) program. In accordance with the Afghan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, RCP programs funded under this NOFO will serve nationals of Afghanistan for whom refugee and entrant assistance is authorized who entered the United States on or after July 31, 2021. Through the RCP program, ORR will provide funding to enable eligible Afghan entrants to obtain self-sufficiency by obtaining the means to secure professional or skilled employment drawing upon previously acquired knowledge, skills, and experience.

The goal of the RCP program is to support eligible populations in attaining the knowledge and resources needed to begin a professional career in their new communities. The RCP program will assist recent Afghan entrants in beginning professional careers that provide not only a salary but also greater job security and the possibility of career advancement. The program will employ the career pathways approach, where organizations will work directly with Afghan entrants through training and individualized technical assistance.  For information about the career pathways approach, see p. 4 of the FOA listed in Attached Files below.

Organizations will assist eligible participants to identify opportunities to enter their chosen career field and make a plan to advance in this field over time. They will identify barriers to entering this field – such as lack of a recognized credential or unfamiliarity with specific workplace regulations – and provide support and resources to mitigate these barriers. For funded Program Activities, see p. 6 of the FOA listed in Attached Files below.

Allowable activities will include case management, training and technical assistance, specialized English language training, and mentoring. In addition, eligible participants may receive financial assistance for costs related to the establishment or reestablishment of credentials, such as obtaining educational credits or enrollment in required certification programs.

ORR is interested in programs that advance opportunities for Afghan women and will award bonus points to applications that include these activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181922

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $750,000 per project period
- Award Floor: $600,000 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.


  • 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 INA (8 U.S.C. 1522(c)(1)(A)) are "public and private nonprofit agencies."

ORR is requiring that RCP programs have a partnership with at least one educational institution (i.e., university, college, community college, or other institution with expertise in career and technical education) to facilitate career opportunities in ways that supplement, rather than supplant, existing services. RCP programs implemented by an educational institution must collaborate with at least one refugee-focused entity (i.e., resettlement office and/or other organization with programming specifically aimed at refugees). Therefore:
- Applicants are required to submit a letter of support from at least one educational institution. This letter must be on letterhead of the educational institution and signed by the Authorized Representative or their designee.
- If the applicant is an educational institution, the applicant is required to submit the required documents with at least one refugee-focused entity. This letter must be on letterhead of the entity and signed by the Authorized Representative or their designee.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible.

For Funding Restrictions, see p. 44 on the FOA listed in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications is July 1, 2022.

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 pm ET on the due date. All applications must be received by this time on the due date.

Applicants that do not have an internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 pm ET on the due date. These may be either mailed or hand delivered.

Organizations must have an active System for Award (SAM) registration which provides a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), and account to apply for grants. Creating a 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. Therefore:
- All organizations (entities) applying online through must first register with SAM. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through
- The next step in the registration process is to create an account with

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

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Submission by Mail or Hand Delivery must be made to:
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

Program Office Contact:
Ryan Foster
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) 260-6949

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Tim Chappelle
(202) 401-4855

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