HHS – Residential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children (2014)

Description: The Office of Refugee Resettlement/Division of Children’s Services (ORR/DCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the competing applications will be accepted for cooperative agreements to administer the Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program. ORR/DCS provides temporary shelter care and other related services to UACs in ORR custody. Shelter care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the minor is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the minors immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Shelter care and other related services are provided by State-licensed residential shelter care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UAC age and special needs. The majority of UAC are expected to remain in ORR custody between 30-35 days, but some will have a longer or shorter length of stay. ORR is announcing this funding opportunity to seek residential care providers. Care providers must be licensed by an appropriate State agency to provide residential, group, or foster care services for dependent children, including a program operating group homes, foster homes, or facilities for special needs minors.

Residential care providers are required to inform UAC of the availability of free legal assistance, the right to be represented by counsel at no expense to the federal government, and the rights victims of trafficking have under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. A private space for the UAC and his/her attorney to meet and confer on legal matters should be made available.

Funding Title: Residential Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

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

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes (sub-grantee possibility)

Target Population:


  1. Who have no lawful immigration status in the United States;
  2. Who have not attained 18 years of age; AND

For whom:

  1. There is no parent or legal guardian in the United States; OR
  2. No parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody.

Expected Number of Awards: 60

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: 08/05/2014

Estimated Total Program Funding: $350,000,000

Award Ceiling: $100,000,000

Award Floor: $500,000

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Special district governments
  • Small businesses
  • Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above
  • County governments
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • Independent school districts
  • State governments
  • Private institutions of higher education

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds: Awards issued under this announcement are subject to the uniform  administrative requirements and cost principles of 45 CFR Part 74 (Awards And Sub-awards To Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals, Other Nonprofit Organizations, And Commercial Organizations) or 45 CFR Part 92 (Grants And Cooperative Agreements To State, Local, And Tribal Governments).

Link to Full Announcement:   http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/files/HHS-2015-ACF-ORR-ZU-0833_0.htm

Program Office Contact: Hilda Crespo Phone: (202) 205-8395 Fax: (202) 401-1022 Email: DCS_ProjectOfficers@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact: Robin Bunch Phone: (888) 203-6161 Email: CB@grantreview.org

Categories: Children, Department of Health and Human Services, Education Organizations, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Housing, Human Trafficking, Migrants/Immigrants, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Non-profit Organizations, Public Housing Organizations, Small Businesses, Subgrant Possibilities, Victims of Crime

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