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Cooperative Agreement to a USA Nonprofit, Agency, IHE, School District, or Tribe for Services to Benefit Refugees

Refugee Technical Assistance Program


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
CFDA Number: 93.576
Funding or PIN Number: HHS-2023-ACF-ORR-RB-0045
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/24/23 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA nonprofit organization, government agency, institution of higher education, school district, or tribal organization to provide services to benefit refugees. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete.

The purpose of ORR’s refugee program is “to provide for the effective resettlement of refugees and to assist them to achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible.”12 A priority within ORR’s refugee resettlement program is the provision of employment services and English language training.

ORR has the following six service priorities to promote long-term self-sufficiency, integration and well-being:

  • Cash and medical assistance to support refugees as they enter the workforce and integrate into their new communities,
  • Early employment as a path to self-sufficiency and longer-term integration; economic mobility,
  • Intensive strengths-based case management for vulnerable populations,
  • Health, mental health, and well-being assessments and services,
  • A whole-family approach, including services for children and youth to ensure successful transition to adulthood and integration for the elderly, and
  • Foster care for unaccompanied minors.

With this funding opportunity, the goal of RTAP is to build on the existing expertise in the field and continue providing a national one-stop source or hub to deliver responsive, innovative, specialized, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate TA, training, and resources to refugee service providers so that they are able to effectively help refugees maximize their potential in the United States and become members of American society.

RTAP's project design should be aligned with ORR’s service priorities and be based on a strong and detailed evidence-based theory of change (ToC). A ToC is a type of logic model that shows “if…then” relationships. It highlights causal linkages among activities/approaches, outputs, outcomes, and objectives.

The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Promote knowledge management and information-sharing of emerging, promising, innovative, and best practices in refugee service provision across service providers and disciplines;
  2. Strengthen the capacity of refugee service providers to provide evidence-and strengths-based services to refugees; effectively address on-going and emerging barriers to refugee self-sufficiency and integration, and to advance equity15 in service provision;
  3. Help refugee service providers measure the quality and effectiveness of their programs and services; and
  4. Develop and promote communication strategies and messaging around data for refugee service providers to reflect the impact of ORR’s Refugee Program and consult with community service organizations and state and local government agencies to coordinate appropriate services for refugees.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • 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/Indian housing authorities
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants for refugee programs under 412 (c)(1)(A) are "public and private nonprofit agencies" including: state governments; county governments; city or township governments; special district governments; independent school districts; public and state-controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments (federally recognized); public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments); non-profits having a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) other than institutions of higher education; non-profits without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS other than institutions of higher education; and private institutions of higher education.

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 information about funding restrictions, see Page 42 of the guidelines document listed in Supporting Documents, below.

Pre-Application Information
Due Date for Applications: 06/24/2023

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 pm ET on the due date listed above.

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

Applicants must have a UEI and maintain an active SAM registration throughout the application and project award period.

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Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Ceiling:
$7,500,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor:
$7,000,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount:
$7,500,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract
Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2023
Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods

Contact Information
Program Contact:

Julie Munro
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
DRA HHS-2023-ACF-ORR-RB-0045
330 C Street, SW.
Washington DC 20201

RFP & Supporting Documents
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