Refugee and Entrant Assistance Discretionary Grants

The objectives of the discretionary grant programs include: (1) decreasing the numbers of refugees on public assistance and the length of time refugees require such assistance; (2) encouraging the placement of refugees in locations with good job opportunities and specialized case management for vulnerable
cases; (3) assisting low-income refugees with matching funds for individual development accounts and with financial literacy classes; (4) providing micro-credit to refugees interested in starting new businesses but unable to access commercial sources of capital; (5) providing services to refugees in rural areas; (6) promoting integration.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Hias, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
Alliance For African Assistance $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
Inspiritus, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
International Rescue Committee, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
International Institute Of Metropolitan St. Louis $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
U.s. Committee For Refugees And Immigrants, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
International Rescue Committee, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
Accompany Capital, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
Pacific Asian Consortium In Employment $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29
Asian Services In Action, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302026-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 297 discretionary and 37 refugee health promotion grants were awarded in FY 2016. Fiscal Year 2017: It is projected that there will be 256 discretionary and 41 refugee health grants awarded in FY 2017. Fiscal Year 2018: It is projected that there will be 220 discretionary and 0 refugee health promotion grants awarded in FY 2018.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used only for the purposes set forth in the notice of funds availability and in the grant award.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private nonprofit agencies may apply for these grants.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refugees, certain Amerasians Cuban and Haitian entrants, asylees, certified victims of a severe form of trafficking, and special immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as 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.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Agencies submit applications which are reviewed and evaluated in accordance with criteria specified in the notice of funds availability. Notices of funds availability may be accessed at or at the ACF website at Application kits can also be accessed at the ORR website.

Award Procedures

Eligible applicants submit an application to HHS. This document includes a detailed program proposal and budget. After review by an independent panel, the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement makes final funding decisions and grant awards are issued.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, Title V, Public Law 96-422, 94 Stat. 1809, 8 U.S.C 1522; Refugee Act of 1980, Section 412, Public Law 96-212, 94 Stat. 111, 8 U.S.C 1522.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Contingent upon funding availability, grantee performance, and the best interest of the government.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds made available under this program are for project periods ranging from 1 to 5 years. Funds are awarded annually during the project period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program Performance Reports are required, usually on a quarterly or semi-annual basis.

Final program reports summarizing the activities and accomplishments of the project in relation to the original approved goals and objectives are required 90 days after the end of the project period.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) are required, usually on a quarterly or semi-annual basis.

Final Federal Financial Reports are required 90 days after the end of the project period.

Performance monitoring activities include on-site and desk monitoring of projects.

On site, the ORR team interviews agency staff and clients and reviews case files and financial documents.

In addition to program monitoring, program performance reports and Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) are reviewed to ensure that agencies are spending funds appropriately and are performing in a manner consistent with the approved application and grant.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Nonprofit organizations receiving less than $25,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements, but records must be available for review by appropriate officials of the Federal grantor agency or subgranting entity.


Grant recipients are required to keep all financial, business, and program reports necessary for program review and audit for the project period and for three years after the end of the project period.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $4,600,000; FY 17 est $4,600,000; and FY 18 est $0 - Refugee Health Promotion. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $45,036,000; FY 17 est $33,716,741; and FY 18 est $33,451,250 - SS Discretionary. (Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $4,727,000; FY 17 est $4,760,100; and FY 18 est $0 - Tag Discretionary.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refugee Health Promotion grants range from a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $200,000. TAG and SS Discretionary grants range from a minimum of $80,000 to a maximum of $17,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Notices of funds availability are posted on the ACF and ORR website and can also be accessed through Inquiries may be directed to the Information Contact listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Anastasia Brown Mary E. Switzer Building, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (202) 401-4559 Fax: (202) 401-0981

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The criteria for awarding funds are published in the notice of funds availability.

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