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Deadline: July 24, 2017

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Ethnic Community Self Help Program

The goal of the Ethnic Community Self-Help (ECSH) Program is to support Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. In promotion of this goal, the following three program objectives have been identified to be carried out under the ECSH Program:

  • Strengthen Provision of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services: To strengthen ECBOs’ provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees within 5 years after their initial resettlement
  • Support Organizational Development: To support ECBOs’ organizational development and engagement in capacity building by encouraging their collaboration with established refugee service providers and mainstream organizations
  • Promote Community Building and Civic Participation: To support ECBOs in promoting community building and civic participation by refugee individuals and refugee community members

Amount: A total of $2,000,000 is available for 13 grants ranging from $100,000-$200,000 each and averaging $150,000 per budget period. The project period is for 36 months.

Eligibility: ECBOs, defined as a nonprofit organization that was founded and is led by a current or former refugee, or a group of current and former refugees and immigrants, primarily for the advancement of refugees. Additionally, an ECBO is a nonprofit organization whose board of directors is comprised of at least 60 percent current and/or former refugees.

Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-RE-1232

Note: Bonus points will be awarded to emerging ECBOs (founded between 1 and 5 years before application); to projects where the direct service component focuses on providing programming around: 1) psychosocial support; 2) youth support emphasizing college preparation and after-school activities; and 3) to projects that propose to implement activities in states identified by the Department of State, Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration’s Refugee Processing Center as having a high resettlement rate for refugees in FY 2016 and that do not have an ECSH grant as of September 30, 2017. This includes the following states: Arizona, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Texas. Please refer to the solicitation for more details.

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