U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Ethnic Community Self Help Program
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:
- To strengthen ECBOs’ provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services to refugees within five years after their initial resettlement
- To support ECBOs’ organizational development and engagement in capacity building by encouraging their collaboration with established refugee service providers and mainstream organizations
- 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.
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