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Standing Announcement for Residential (Shelter) Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies
for Shelter Services for Children with Refugee Status

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

11/12/19 4:30 PM ET Hard Copy Receipt; or 11:59 PM ET Electronic Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, government agencies, and IHEs for the provision of shelter services for unaccompanied alien children with refugee status. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Eligible service providers include group homes, state-licensed shelters, and transitional foster care providers.

Executive Summary: 

The Office of Refugee Resettlement/ Division of Unaccompanied Children’s Operations (ORR/DUCO) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides temporary shelter care and other child welfare-related services to unaccompanied alien children (UAC) in ORR custody. Residential care services begin once ORR accepts a UAC for placement and ends when the UAC is released from ORR custody, turns 18 years of age, or the UAC’s immigration case results in a final disposition of removal from the United States. Residential care and other child welfare-related services are provided by state-licensed residential care programs in the least restrictive setting appropriate for the UAC’s age and needs.

ORR is announcing this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to seek shelter care providers, including group homes and transitional foster care. Care providers operating a shelter facility must be licensed by an appropriate state agency to provide residential, group, or foster care services for children.

Background: 

The primary function of ORR/DUCO is to provide temporary shelter care and other related services to UAC in ORR custody. An unaccompanied alien child is defined at 6 U.S.C. § 279 (g)(2) as a child who:

  • Has no lawful immigration status in the United States; 
  • Has not attained 18 years of age; and
  • With respect to whom—
  • There is no parent or legal guardian in the United States; or
  • No parent or legal guardian in the United States is available to provide care and physical custody.

For information on program structure, see the following link:

https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132_6.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173193

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$500,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 50

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Award Ceiling: $300,000,000
-Award Floor: $1,000,000
-Average Projected Award Amount: $15,000,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

The anticipated project start date is February 1, 2020.

The grant will cover a 36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • 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
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Care providers are required to be licensed or license eligible (temporary, provisional, or an equivalent license) with license being issued, by a state licensing agency, within 75 days of award to provide residential, group, or foster care services for dependent children.

ORR does not fund concurrent projects. Any current grantee funded under the UAC program, who wishes to apply for this FOA to provide Shelter services, must propose services in a new and different service location.

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 and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Pre-Application Information:

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.gov

Electronic applications submitted to www.Grants.gov after 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date, as indicated by a dated and time-stamped email from www.Grants.gov, will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

The deadline for receipt of mailed, paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date. Mailed paper applications received after the due date and deadline time will be considered late and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

How to Register and Apply through Grants.gov:

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). Applicants must enter the DUNS number in the data entry field labeled "Organizations DUNS" on the SF-424 form

Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through Grants.gov must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through Grants.gov.

Applicants will be notified of a disqualification determination by email or by USPS postal mail within 30 federal business days from the closing date of this FOA.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284278

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Instructions on how to apply:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration.html

For more detailed instructions for obtaining a DUNS number, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-1-obtain-dunsnumber.html

For more detailed instructions for registering with SAM, refer to:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/organization-registration/step-2-register-withsam.html

Contact Information:

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

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Katrina Morgan
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Children's Services
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 205-9513
Fax: (202) 401-1022
Email: Katrina.Morgan@acf.hhs.gov

Program Office Contact:

Shannon McGhee
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Unaccompanied Children Operations
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 205-9513
Fax: (202) 401-1022
Email: DCS_ProjectOfficers@acf.hhs.gov

CFDA Number:

93.676

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2017-ACF-ORR-ZU-1132

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming