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Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits and Service Providers to Provide Health Services to New Immigrants

Refugee Health Services (RHS)


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Funding Source
District of Columbia Department of Human Services (DHS) - Family Services Administration (FSA) - Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
Funding or PIN Number: RFA #JA-FSA-RHS-2022
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Geographic Focus
USA: Washington, DC

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/02/21 4:45 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations, service providers, and faith-based organizations to provide health services and mental health services to new immigrants. The purpose of the program is to minimize barriers to health and emotional wellness services and support health literacy for refugees.

It is required that refugees are medically screened overseas to be cleared for admission into the United States. Upon arrival in the United States, refugees should also complete a domestic medical screening. The purposes of the Refugee Medical Screening (RMS) program are to follow-up on medical issues identified in the overseas medical screening, administer the required immunizations in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) guidelines, identify persons with communicable diseases of potential public health significance, enable refugees to successfully resettle by identifying health conditions that impact well-being, and refer clients to primary care providers or specialists for ongoing health care.

Accessing health and mental health services beyond initial health screenings can be a significant challenge for many refugees due to cultural differences, lack of transportation, language barriers and limited understanding of the U.S. health care system. While refugees with medical and mental health needs should be referred for treatment, non-clinical interventions such as adjustment groups can also provide benefit and may be more accessible for some refugees in need of emotional support. Access to health care is directly tied to affording services. Given the complicated nature of the health care system in the United States, refugees with complex medical conditions are likely to need medical case management until they achieve a level of health literacy that allows them to effectively navigate the health care system and follow medical provider recommendations for self-care.

The Refugee Health Promotion (RHP) program supports refugee health literacy and access to health and emotional wellness services. It provides services beyond what is allowable through the RMA and RMS programs. The RHP Grantee should focus on recent arrivals and those that have been in the country two (2) years or less, but still continue to face serious health challenges. The purposes of the RHP program are to deliver a range of health services from health orientation and education classes to accessing health services and obtaining affordable ongoing health care. Within this framework, the RHP program aims to build capacity to address identified health needs within refugee communities and reduce barriers to achieving wellness. 

For further information on program requirements, see the following link:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Established public or private non-profit community organizations and/or service providers, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations, located in the District that have demonstrated experience working with the refugee population are encouraged to apply.

Continuing conditions of eligibility are that the information in the application is complete and truthful and that the Applicant at all times is able to meet any material conditions stated in its application. For instance, if an applicant’s ability to fulfill the terms of the grant is based on the availability of skilled staff and those staff should leave after the application’s submittal or the grant award to the Grantee, the Grantee has the responsibility to advise DHS/FSA in writing of this change in material conditions. Another example of change in material conditions that could result in the loss of eligibility would be the loss of Grantee’s tax-exempt status.

On the same basis as any other Applicants, religious organizations are eligible to participate as long as the services funded by the Refugee Health Services Grant are provided consistent with the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause or the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, in accordance with United States Executive Order 13279 of December 12, 2002.

The target population(s) for this initiative is as follows:
Eligible individuals regardless of national origin, who are admitted to the United States under specific conditions as refugees, asylees, and certified victims of severe forms of human trafficking; refugee or asylee parolees, Cuban/Haitian Entrants, Iraqi and Afghan Immigrants (Special Immigrant Visa holders), certain Lawful Permanent Residents, and Amerasian immigrants who are resettled in the District. An applicant for assistance under title IV of the Act must provide proof, in the form of documentation issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) showing statuses under the Act as a condition of eligibility. Eligible refugees must have an arrival or asylum eligibility date within five (5) years (sixty (60) months).

For convenience, the term “refugee” is used in this RFA to encompass all such eligible persons. Assistance and services must be provided to refugees without regard to race, religion, nationality, sex, or political opinion.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Attendance is recommended.

When: June 18, 2021
Where: Cisco WebEx Video Conferencing Platform
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Please RSVP to attend the Pre-Application Conference no later than June 11, 2021. You may RSVP via e-mail to Debra Crawford, State Refugee Coordinator by email.

Pre-Application Information
- Announcement Date: May 28, 2021
- RFA Release Date: June 4, 2021
- Pre-application Conference Date: June 18, 2021
- Application Submission Deadline: July 2, 2021 at 4:45 PM

Organizations that anticipate submitting an application in response to this request should send a brief letter via e-mail to Debra Crawford. The Notice of Intent is not mandatory nor does it provide any specific obligation with regard to the review or award process.

Applicants are encouraged to e-mail their questions to Debra Crawford at on or before June 22, 2021, at 4:45 PM. Questions submitted after the deadline date will not receive responses. Please allow ample time for emails to be received prior to the deadline date.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Eligible organizations can be awarded up to $100,000.00
- Refugee Medical Screening $50,000
- Refugee Health Promotion $50,000

Term of Contract
- Period of Performance: October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022
- Length of Award: Twelve (12) months with the option of two (2) additional option years, subject to the availability of funds.

Contact Information
One (1) electronic copy of the scanned application must be submitted to Debra Crawford, DHS/FSA, State
Refugee Coordinator, in PDF format.

Contact Person: Debra Crawford
Family Services Administration (FSA)
Department of Human Services
64 New York Ave NE, 5th Fl.
Washington, DC 20002

Government of the District of Columbia
Department of Human Services
64 New York Ave. NE, 6th Fl.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 671-4200

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