The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announces that it will award one cooperative agreement for the continuation of a national one-stop source or hub for refugee technical assistance (TA), under the Refugee Technical Assistance Program.
This national hub will provide coordinated, innovative TA and training to ORR-funded state refugee programs, ORR-funded refugee service providers, and ethnic and community-based organizations serving refugees, filling gaps where no other such TA exists. The TA provider is expected to foster and engage with a network of subject-matter experts in the field and promote cross-sector social innovation through staffing, consultancy or sub-contractual relationships.
The overall goal is to equip ORR-funded state refugee programs, ORR-funded refugee service providers, ethnic and community-based organizations serving refugees, and refugee resettlement community partners with the specialized TA, resources and training needed to appropriately address barriers to refugee self-sufficiency, health and wellness, and integration, and to advance equity in service provision. The TA provider will respond to refugees’ unique challenges and needs, and leverage the strengths, talents and capabilities of refugees and their resettlement communities through a strengths-based approach to TA.
Goal and Objectives
- 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:
- Promote knowledge management and information-sharing of emerging, promising, innovative, and best practices in refugee service provision across service providers and disciplines;
- Strengthen the capacity of refugee service providers to provide evidence-and strengthsbased services to refugees; effectively address on-going and emerging barriers to refugee self-sufficiency and integration, and to advance equity15 in service provision;
- Help refugee service providers measure the quality and effectiveness of their programs and services; and
- 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.
- 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.
- Estimated Total Program Funding: $7,500,000
- Award Ceiling: $7,500,000
- Award Floor: $7,000,000
- Length of Project Periods: 60-month project period with five 12-month budget periods.
- Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
- Special district governments
- Independent school districts
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- State governments
- Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- City or township governments
- Private institutions of higher education
- Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
- Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
- Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
- County governments
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
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