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93.576 Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Discretionary Grants
ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Refugee Act of 1980, Public Law 96-212, Section 412, 94 Stat. 111, 8 U.S.C. 1522, as amended; Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Title V, 94 Stat. 1809, as amended.
To improve resettlement services for refugees. Program objectives include: 1) Providing adequate health assessment activities for refugees; (2) decreasing the numbers of refugees on public assistance and the length of time refugees require such assistance; (3) promoting refugee community and family stability; (4) encouraging placement of refugee families in locations with good job opportunities and lower costs of living; (5) increasing service dollars in areas with good resettlement records; (6) enhancing services to disadvantaged refugee groups; services to promote older refugees access to aging services, assist low income refugees with matching funds for individual development accounts (IDA)and (7) responding to national needs which are not the purview of any particular State services program.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The discretionary grant program allocates a portion of program social service and targeted assistance funds to conduct projects which promote refugee self-sufficiency or address their special needs. Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the grant award. In fiscal year 2000, approximately 15 percent of social service funds not earmarked by Congress were allocated through discretionary programs; ten percent of Targeted Assistance program funds were so obligated.
Applicant Eligibility: State and local governments and private nonprofit organizations.
Pre-application Coordination: The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) permits preapplication before the submission of a formal grant application for some categories of grants. The preapplication process provides technical assistance to applicants to aid them in improving their submissions. Contact the Headquarters Office listed below for more information. This program is covered under E.O. 12372. "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated s the single point of contact in his or her state for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Some activities under this program have matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Progress reports and financial reports are required, usually on a quarterly or semi-annual basis. Final program and financial reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the approved goals and objectives are also required.
Account Identification: 75-1503-0-1-609.
For fiscal years 2001, 2002 and 2003, ORR intends to fund the following programs, subject to the availability of funds: $19 million for communities impacted by recent Cuban/Haitian arrivals; $14 million to address the needs of refugees and communities impacted by recent changes in Federal assistance programs; and $26 million to assist communities with large concentrations of refugees whose cultural differences make assimilation difficult.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Program announcements are published in the Federal Register. All inquiries should be directed to the Information Contact listed below.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
In fiscal year 2000, ORR provided funds for projects to: (1) Promote community and family stability; (2) Provide vocational training, job search, and social services to help refugees obtain employment; (3) Provide placement of refugees in preferred communities; (4) meet special needs of unanticipated arrivals; (5) provide microenterprise development services to refugees; and (6)provide matching funds for individual development accounts (IDA).
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Notice of the criteria for awarding funds is published in the Federal Register or other program announcement for each type of demonstration. See the Information Contact section for more information.