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

Deadline: June 18, 2019

The Ethnic Community Self-Help (ECSH) Program will support Ethnic Community-Based Organizations (ECBOs) in providing refugee populations with critical services to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society. An ECBO is a non-profit organization whose board of directors is comprised of at least 60 percent current and/or former refugees.

Under the ECSH Program, the following three main objectives must be implemented:

  1. To strengthen ECBOs’ provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees within five years after their initial resettlement
  2. To support ECBOs’ organizational development and engagement in capacity building by encouraging their collaboration with established refugee service providers and mainstream organizations
  3. To support ECBOs in promoting community building and civic participation by refugee individuals and refugee community members

The ECSH Program is particularly interested in supporting projects that include a direct service component focusing on providing programming around 1) emotional and behavioral well-being through non-clinical interventions and psychosocial support, and 2) youth support emphasizing college preparation and after-school activities.

Amount: Approximately $2,000,000 is available to make up to 13 awards ranging from $100,000-$200,000 for a 36-month project period.

Eligibility: 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; Native American tribal organizations; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; non-profits with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status; and private institutions of higher education.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309697

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