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Refugee Individual Development Accounts (IDA) Program

Grants to USA Private and Public Nonprofit Agencies
to Promote Economic Independence for Refugees

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:

06/18/21 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA private and public nonprofit agencies for programs that provide eligible refugees with financial counseling, training, and matched savings accounts. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. The program represents an anti-poverty strategy built on asset accumulation for low-income refugee individuals and families with the goal of promoting refugee economic independence.

IDAs are leveraged or matched savings accounts established in qualified financial institutions. In the Refugee IDA Program, IDAs are matched with federal funds that have been allocated as "match funds" from at least 65 percent of the annual federal grant award. The funds are intended for the asset goals specified in this announcement. Although the refugee client maintains control of all funds that the client deposits in the IDA, including all interest that may accrue on the funds, the client must sign a Savings Plan Agreement that specifies the funds in the account will be used only for the client's qualified asset goal(s) or for an emergency withdrawal.

The objectives of the Refugee IDA Program are to help clients:

  1. Establish IDAs;
  2. Maintain regular saving habits;
  3. Participate in the financial institutions of this country;
  4. Acquire assets to build individual, family, and community resources;
  5. Increase their knowledge of financial and monetary topics, including developing a household budget;
  6. Advance their education;
  7. Buy homes;
  8. Gain access to capital; and
  9. Increase the socio-economic development of their communities.

New projects will accomplish these objectives by establishing programs that combine the provision of matched savings accounts with financial training and counseling.

IDAs are established for refugee clients at a qualified financial institution. Refugee clients will systematically contribute to the IDAs out of earned income to purchase specified asset goals. The primary focus of the asset goals in their Refugee IDA Program is limited to the following areas:

  • Primary residence home purchase;
  • Vocational training, professional recertification, and education (limited to postsecondary education costs, college entrance exam fees, and TOEFL and GED preparation and test fees) as required for employment, certification, or education purposes;
  • Microenterprise capitalization, including home-based child care services; and,
  • Vehicle purchase.

Eligible Clients: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-ORR-ZI-1910_0.pdf#page=4

Program Requirements: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-ORR-ZI-1910_0.pdf#page=6

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153104

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,900,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 7

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $250,000 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $100,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021

Length of Project Period: 48-month project period with four 12-month budget periods

Eligibility:

  • 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:

Public or private nonprofit agencies are eligible for awards under this announcement.

Applicants are not eligible for two grants to serve the same population at the same time.

Refugee IDA Program recipients awarded ORR funding prior to, or in 2018, with the project period ending before, or on September 29, 2021, are eligible to compete for funding and propose servicing the existing population and/or geographic location under this announcement provided all eligibility criteria are met.

ORR Refugee IDA recipients that were awarded in FY 2019 are eligible to apply under this FOA, but must propose servicing a distinctively different geographic location from their existing geographic target. The proposed geographic location must be served throughout the project period.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Funding Restrictions: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-ORR-ZI-1910_0.pdf#page=45

Pre-Application Information:

Due Date for Applications: 06/18/2021

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date listed. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Electronic applications will only be accepted via Grants.gov. The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).

In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.

Refugee IDA Programs will be expected to participate in ORR-sponsored webinars, trainings and peer-sharing events throughout the program period. An annual workshop is planned for each program year. Attendance is required for one key staff member to participate in an annual 2-day workshop at ORR's office in Washington, DC, each year.

View this opportunity online: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-ORR-ZI-1910_0.htm

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328997

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

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 and Hand Delivery:

Diane Bragdon
Grant Management Officer
Administration for Children and Families
Community Strengthening Grants Division
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201

Program Office Contact:

Yimeem Vu
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Refugee Services
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4825
Email: Yimeem.Vu@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Diane Bragdon
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Community Strengthening Grants Division
Phone: (202) 401-4855
Email: Diane.Bragdon@acf.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.576

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2021-ACF-ORR-ZI-1910

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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