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Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development (RFCCMED) Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs
to Help Refugees Establish Childcare Businesses

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

Deadline Date:

06/01/21 11:59 PM ET electronic receipt; 4:30 PM ET paper receipt


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and IHEs to assist refugees in attaining financial independence through the establishment of family childcare businesses. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support training programs in child care, financial literacy, and microenterprise development. Funds may also be used for costs associated with licensing and technical support.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is awarding funding under the Refugee Family Child Care Microenterprise Development (RFCCMED) program. Through the RFCCMED program, ORR will fund applicants to enable refugees to achieve self-sufficiency by establishing small family child care businesses. The program will provide refugee participants with training and technical assistance (TA); assist refugee participants in navigating the child care licensing process; and provide direct financial assistance, as needed, to enable participants to prepare their homes for child care business operation.

The goal of the RFCCMED program is to generate a source of income and economic self sufficiency for economically vulnerable refugees, by funding organizations that will, along their partner(s), train eligible participants to establish licensed, high-quality FCC businesses. Specifically, the main objectives of the RFCCMED program are to:

  • Help refugees attain economic self-sufficiency, by establishing licensed FCC businesses;
  • Help refugee families gain access to licensed FCC businesses able to meet the early care and developmental needs of refugee children; and
  • Assist refugees in learning how to navigate mainstream child care services.

For required program activities, see

RFCCMED funds may be used to cover participants’ costs for meeting FCC licensing requirements. (For further details, see  Program funds may also be used during the project period to cover costs of FCC business insurance for up to 1 year total.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154967

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 8

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $187,500 Per Budget Period
- Award Floor: $150,000 Per Budget Period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $187,500 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021

Length of Project Period: 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for refugee programs under 412(c)(1)(A) are “public and private nonprofit agencies.”

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible.

For the purpose of this FOA, the term refugee refers to individuals with the following statuses who are eligible for ORR Refugee Resettlement Program benefits (see 45 CFR § 400.43(a) (1)-(6) or statutory provisions cited below):
1. Individuals paroled as refugees or asylees under § 212(d)(5) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA);
2. Refugees admitted under § 207 of the INA;
3. Asylees whose status was granted under § 208 of the INA;
4. Cuban and Haitian entrants, in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR § 401.2;
5. Lawful permanent residents, provided the individuals previously held one of the statuses identified above. (Note that this does not refer to Amerasians or Special Immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan who are admitted as lawful permanent residents. See #6 & #7
6. Certain Amerasians from Vietnam who are admitted to the U.S. as immigrants, pursuant to § 584 of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 1988 (as contained in § 101(e) of Pub. L. 100-202), as amended (8U.S.C. § 1101 note);
7. Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants per section 1244(g) of Div. A of Pub. L. 110-181, as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1157 note) and section 602(b) (8) of Div. F of Pub. L. 111-8, as amended (8 U.S.C. § 1101 note);
8. Victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons per the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000, Pub. L. No. 106-386, as amended, 22 U.S.C. § 7105(b) (1)(A) and (C).

Additional requirements for enrollment into the RFCCMED program are defined as eligible individuals:
- Who are not yet citizens and who have been in the U.S. for not more than 5 years at the time of enrollment;
- Who live in a home that is suitable for an FCC business and that will be able to meet the requirements for an FCC business as defined by federal, state, and local laws, or have definitive plans to move to such a home during the project period;
- Who, if not homeowners, have a signed agreement from the rental property owner allowing the operation of an FCC business in the residency, if required by local regulation; and
- Who do not have legal barriers that will bar them from meeting the minimum requirements for owning and operating a licensed FCC business, as determined by federal, state, and local laws (e.g., can pass a criminal background check, can obtain health and safety certifications, has a valid driver’s license, etc.).

RFCCMED program funds may not be used for the sole purpose of preparing a participant for employment in a child care facility not operated by members of the participant’s household, though participants' temporary employment, internship, or volunteering in such a facility for the purpose of obtaining child care experience is allowable.

For funding restrictions, see

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: 06/01/2021

- The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date.
- The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date. (Paper format application submissions will be disqualified if the applicant organization has not received an exemption from online submission.)

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format.

Application process requirements:
- All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Obtaining a DUNS Number may take 1 to 2 days.
- In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All applicants are required to maintain an active SAM registration until the application process is complete. If a grant is awarded, registration at SAM must be active throughout the life of the award. Allow at least 10 business days after you submit your registration for it to become active in SAM and at least an additional 24 hours before that registration information is available in other government systems, i.e.
- The registration process with can take up to four weeks to complete. Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process.

Implementing organizations must work in close cooperation with the state, territory, tribal, or local agency responsible for child care regulation. RFCCMED programs are required to establish connections with the local agency responsible for FCC licensing in the service area. Programs are required to include regular coordination with resettlement agencies, State Refugee Coordinators or replacement designees, and other relevant community services providers to extend the effort of the outreach, awareness, and coordination with the refugee resettlement community. See Contact Information below.

Grantee requirements:
- Prime recipients’ public-facing project activities must include proposed modifications that are responsive to the CDC COVID-19 recommendations.
- RFCCMED programs are required to participate in ORR-sponsored webinars, trainings, and peer sharing events throughout the program period.
- Attendance is required for one key staff member to participate in an annual 2-day workshop in Washington, DC. ORR may choose to hold the workshop in a remote format.

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How to Apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

- Applications are to be submitted online via
- For information on submission by mail or hand delivery (in the case of approved exemption from online submission via, see provides applicants 24/7 support via the toll-free number 1-800-518-4726 and email at

Program Office Contact:
Anastasia Brown
Ryan Foster
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 260-6949

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Diane Bragdon
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Community Strengthening Grants
Mary E. Switzer Building (see address above)
(202) 401-0933

Contact information for State Refugee Coordinators or individuals responsible for statewide or regional coordination of the refugee resettlement program can be found on ORR's website at:

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