The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announces the availability of funds under the Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP).
The purpose of RAPP is to encourage the development of agricultural and food systems related services that will improve the livelihoods--physically, economically, and psychosocially--of refugee families resettled in the United States, with particular emphasis on newly arrived refugees. RAPP accomplishes this by providing discretionary funds to eligible, non-federal entities that provide agricultural training and opportunities to improve the local food systems for refugees. RAPP works to complement existing programs while taking into consideration the unique characteristics of the refugee populations being served such as language, skills, agrarian backgrounds, health, and culture. These strategies should result in sustainable and/or supplemental income, improved access to healthy foods and better nutrition, and enhanced integration into communities by refugee families.
Objectives of the RAPP program are as follows:
Under RAPP, the following requirements are integral throughout the duration of the program: 1) Access to land; 2) farming production; 3) all necessary training and technical assistance to produce agricultural products including vegetables, fruit, and/or livestock for consumption and marketing purposes; 4) coordination with the refugee resettlement community; and 5) engagement of the target population to determine needs and program design. Additionally, RAPP must provide services in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner, and in accordance with the needs of their participants. For details on each of these requirements, see p. 6 of the FOA listed in Attached Files below.
Estimated Total Program Funding: