HHS Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Description:       The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) announces the funding opportunity and award procedures for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Ethnic Community Self-Help (ECSH) Program.  ORR invites the submission of applications for funding, on a competitive basis, of projects seeking to connect newly arrived refugee communities and their organizations to mainstream communities.  The objective of this program is to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations to ensure ongoing support and services to refugees within 5 years after their initial resettlement.  This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is open only to Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs).  An ECBO is a non-profit organization that was founded and/ is led by a refugee individual or a group of refugees and immigrants, primarily to serve a specific refugee group from one or multiple ethnicities.  Refugees/former refugees must comprise a minimum of 60 percent of the organization’s board.

ORR solicits applications from ECBOs, including national, regional (multistate), and local agencies that address community building, facilitate refugees’ cultural adjustment and integration, and deliver mutually supportive services such as information exchange, civic participation, resource enhancement, orientation, and public education of the larger community on the background, needs, and potential of newly arriving refugees.

Funding Title:    Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Agency Name:    Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement

Funding Instrument Type:     Cooperative Agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid:    No

Target Population:    Refugee groups

Expected Number of Awards:     20

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply:     All applicants must have a DUNS Number (http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform) and an active registration with the Central Contractor Registry (CCR) on the System for Award Management (SAM.gov, www.sam.gov).

Current Closing Date for Applications:    06/27/2014

Estimated Total Program Funding:    $3,000,000

Award Ceiling:    $250,000

Award Floor:    $100,000

Eligible Applicants:    This is open to refugee ethnic community-based organizations (ECBOs) only. An ECBO is a non-profit organization that was founded and/ is led by a refugee individual or a group of refugees and immigrants, primarily to serve a specific refugee group from one or multiple ethnicities. Refugees/individuals of refugee origin must comprise a minimum of 60 per cent of the organization’s board.

Priority Consideration:   

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:     

Current/Past Funding Recipients:

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:    http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2014-ACF-ORR-RE-0816_2.htm#c.d.section.VI

Contact Information:

Program Office Contact

Tabassum Siraj

Administration for Children and Families

Office of Refugee Resettlement

Division of Refugee Services

370 L’Enfant Promenade SW, 8th Floor West

Washington, DC 20447

Phone: (202) 401-4689

Email: Tabassum.Siraj@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact

Robin Bunch

Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children and Families

Office of Grants Management/Division of Dicretionary Grants

370 L’enfant Promenade SW 6th FL East

Washington, DC 20024

Phone: (202) 401-5513

Fax: (202) 205-3449

Email: acfogme-grants@acf.hhs.gov

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Categories: HHS, Non-profit Organizations, Subgrant Possibilities

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