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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, CBOs, and Tribes to Provide
Career Development Opportunities for Afghan Refugees and Entrants

Employer Engagement 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 Receipt (Electronic applications) or 4:30 PM ET Receipt (Paper applications)

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, agencies, IHEs, faith-based and community-based organizations, and Native American tribal entities to provide career development opportunities for Afghan refugees and entrants. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The goal of the ORR Employer Engagement program is to develop and strengthen partnerships between employers and refugee service providers to further skills development and career advancement opportunities for eligible Afghan entrants. These partnerships will more fully engage employers in the process of helping participants integrate and attain self-sufficiency by providing on-site learning and career advancement opportunities.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) invites eligible entities to submit competitive grant applications for the ORR Employer Engagement Program. Through the Employer Engagement Program, ORR will provide funding to strengthen employer engagement in the integration and self-sufficiency of eligible Afghan entrants within the community. Programs will enter into formal partnerships with employees to develop training curricula, provide career counseling, and strengthen opportunities for workplace-based training, apprenticeships, and internships for eligible Afghan entrants. Programs will share costs of workplace instructors and will supply liaisons to design work-oriented language and training curricula, schedule and announce services, and coordinate with employment case managers for referral and enrollment to support career advancement. Employer partnerships will also include longer-term individual investment opportunities by sponsoring and covering the costs of vocational certification, recertification, and/or longer-term educational degrees.

In accordance with the Afghan Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022, Employer Engagement 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.

The program will fund efforts by local organizations to create networks of employers offering work-based ELL and job skills training to eligible employees. Community organizations and employers will collaborate to design training curricula to strengthen participants’ English and vocational skills. Strengthening employer engagement in integration of newcomers will help create stability in the workforce as well as help ensure employers have dedicated staff to meet the needs of their company. For program participants, such engagement will create opportunities for focused learning in a dedicated and convenient environment, career advancement, and social interaction.

For program objectives and activities, see https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/PKG00273789-instructions.pdf#page=4.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 203009

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$140,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 15

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $900,000
- Award Floor: $600,000

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2022. Awards under this NOFO will be fully funded for a single budget period of 36 months.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • 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:

Additional Information on Eligibility: Public or private non-profit agencies are eligible for awards 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.

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.

For funding restrictions, see https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/opportunities/instructions/PKG00273789-instructions.pdf#page=38.

Pre-Application Information:

Posted Date: April 28, 2022

Due Date for Applications: June 27, 2022. Electronically submitted applications must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

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

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. 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

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=335552

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/Hand Delivery
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
Anastasia Brown
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
Ryan.Foster@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-ZN-0072

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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