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Wilson/Fish Discretionary Grant Program

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005
Administered by:

Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families, Office of Administration
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  • Original Grant - Apr 8, 2004
Applications Due:


Received By. This is a standing announcement applicable from the date of publication until canceled or modified by the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. The closing date for new projects is January 31 of each year. The closing date for existing projects that are applying to begin a new project period is April 30 of each year. Under Category One, if a State withdraws from the program, the Director may invite applications outside of the proposed closing date, if necessary, to respond to the needs of the State's refugee population.

total funding: $22,000,000
max award: none
min award: none
cost sharing, matching: No
number of awards: 11 to 13
type of funding: Grant
Description:

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
announces that applications will be accepted from public and private
non-profit organizations, including faith-based and community organizations,
under a standing announcement for Wilson/Fish projects which propose
alternative approaches to serving refugees . The purpose of Wilson/Fish
projects is to provide integrated services and cash assistance to refugees
in order to increase refugees' prospects for early employment and
self-sufficiency, reduce their level of welfare dependence and promote
coordination among voluntary resettlement agencies and service providers.
Projects will be accepted under either of two categories: (1) Projects to
establish or maintain a refugee program in a State where the State is not
participating in the refugee program or is withdrawing from the refugee
program or a portion of the program; and (2) projects to provide an
alternative to the existing system of assistance and services to refugees.
Funding is available to these projects under the "Wilson/Fish" authority.
This notice replaces the notice published in the Federal Register of April
22, 1999 (64 Fed. Reg. 19793). The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)
announces that applications will be accepted from public and private
non-profit organizations including faith-based and community organizations,
under this standing announcement for Wilson/Fish projects which propose
alternative approaches to serving refugees. Projects will be accepted under
either of two categories: (1) Projects to establish or maintain a refugee
program in a State where the State is not participating in the refugee
program or is withdrawing from the refugee program or a portion of the
program; and (2) projects to provide an alternative to the existing system
of assistance and services to refugees. Category One of this announcement
provides an opportunity for an applicant(s) to continue the provision of
refugee program services and assistance, including refugee cash and medical
assistance, employment and other social services and targeted assistance in
a State when the State elects to discontinue participation in the program or
is not currently participating in the program. This category may also be
used when a State elects to cease participation in all of the above
components except for medical assistance and preventive health and where the
Director of ORR believes that continued resettlement of refugees in that
State is in the best interests of the government. A consortium of voluntary
agencies, a lead voluntary agency, or another public or private non-profit
agency may apply to administer and provide services and assistance to
refugees in the State or local geographic area. Category Two provides
interested applicants an opportunity to implement alternative projects to
promote refugee self-sufficiency. Some examples include: (1) where
assistance and services for refugees receiving refugee cash assistance (RCA)
and those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) could
be provided in a better coordinated, effective, and efficient manner; (2)
where TANF-eligible refugees may not have access to timely, culturally and
linguistically compatible services or employment and training programs; (3)
where the regulatory options for delivery of services and assistance to
refugees do not present the most effective resettlement in that location,
and where resettlement could be made more effective through the
implementation of an alternative project; (4) where refugees, particularly
in two-parent families, are in danger of becoming dependent upon welfare and
using the full-time period of assistance allowed under the TANF program in a
State, thereby removing the ability of the family to access TANF as a safety
net in the future; (5) where the continuity of services from the time of
arrival until the attainment of self-sufficiency needs to be strengthened;
or (6) where it is in the best interest of refugees to receive assistance
and services outside the traditional welfare system. At a minimum,
applicants are expected to propose a range of services and financial
assistance generally comparable to those currently available to eligible
refugees in the State. Applicants in Category One may propose to transfer
and serve in the Wilson/Fish project those clients who have not completed
their period of eligibility under the existing RCA program. Applicants in
Category Two must propose an alternative project for refugees in one or more
geographic areas and cover, at a minimum, all newly arriving refugees in a
geographic area of the cash assistance type proposed, e.g., all refugees
otherwise eligible for RCA and/or TANF (referred to as ``RCA-type'' or
``TANF-type'' refugees). No projects in either category may propose
transferring to the Wilson/Fish project refugees who are already enrolled in
the TANF program. Services and assistance under these awards are intended
to help refugees attain self-sufficiency within the period of support
defined by 45 CFR 400.211. This period is currently eight months after
arrival. We expect that most funded projects funded will provide services
and assistance to refugees for this period of time, as needed. ORR will
entertain proposals, subject to the availability of appropriated funds, to
provide interim cash support to refugees who would otherwise be eligible for
the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, in addition to
those refugees who would otherwise be eligible for the Refugee Cash
Assistance (RCA) program. Consistent with section 412(e)(7)(B) of the
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), refugees in projects funded under
this announcement will be precluded from receiving cash assistance under the
TANF program or the RCA program during the period of support provided under
the Wilson/Fish project. If alternative medical assistance is included,
participants will be precluded from receiving RMA or Medicaid during the
period of support provided under the Wilson/Fish project. Applications will
be screened and evaluated as indicated in this program announcement. Awards
will be contingent on the outcome of the competition and the availability of
funds. ORR encourages prospective applicants to consult with ORR during the
development of the application. Program Purpose: The purpose of the
announcement is to enable applicants to implement alternative projects under
one of two categories in order to provide interim financial assistance,
social services and case management to refugees in a manner that encourages
self-sufficiency, reduces the likelihood of welfare dependency and fosters
greater coordination among resettlement agencies and services providers in a
community. ORR is interested in projects which optimize all available
resources--from Federal and State governments and the community--to make the
resettlement period as beneficial as possible. An integrated system of
assistance and services is an essential characteristic of a Wilson/Fish
project. Although ORR has included the provision of medical assistance as
an allowable activity under this announcement, the best medical assistance
option available in most circumstances is the existing State-administered
program of refugee medical assistance or Medicaid. The option to provide
medical assistance under this announcement is available under two
circumstances: (a) primarily for Category One projects where a State chooses
to discontinue participation in all areas of the refugee program, including
the provision of refugee medical assistance; and (b) under Category Two, in
the event that there are significant problems in the provision of medical
assistance to refugees in a State and where an alternative private medical
assistance plan or provider is available which is able to provide a more
appropriate and a timely range of services for refugees at an affordable
cost. In the case where an alternative medical assistance system is
approved, refugee participants would not be permitted to receive Medicaid or
RMA during the period of support provided under the Wilson/Fish project
because they would be receiving comparable medical assistance. Legislative
Authority: In October, 1984, Congress amended the Immigration and
Nationality Act to provide authority for the Secretary of Health and Human
Services to implement alternative projects for refugees. This provision,
known as the Wilson/Fish Amendment, 8 U.S.C. 1522(e)(7), provided: (7)(A)
The Secretary shall develop and implement alternative projects for refugees
who have been in the United States less than thirty-six months, under which
refugees are provided interim support, medical services, support services,
and case management, as needed, in a manner that encourages
self-sufficiency, reduces welfare dependency, and fosters greater
coordination among the resettlement agencies and service providers.... (B)
Refugees covered under such alternative projects shall be precluded from
receiving cash or medical assistance under any other paragraph of this
subsection or under title XIX or part A of title IV of the Social Security
Act.... (D) To the extent that the use of such funds is consistent with
the purposes of such provisions, funds appropriated under section 414(a) of
this Act, part A of title IV of the Social Security Act, or title XIX of
such Act, may be used for the purpose of implementing and evaluating
alternative projects under this paragraph. Funding Availability: ORR will
consider requests for funding based on the merits of the proposals. Requests
do not have to be limited to the amount being spent for current assistance
and services, but such amounts will be one of the measures used in
considering the reasonableness of the request. Interim cash and medical
assistance under the Wilson/Fish program will be provided from funds
appropriated under the Transitional Assistance and Medical Services (TAMS)
line item. Funds for social services under the Wilson/Fish program will be
provided separately through the formula refugee social services grant.
Social services funding will be based upon each State's allocation listed in
the Final Social Services Notice. Applicants are encouraged to cover all
or a portion of the costs of interim financial support in this program for
TANF-eligible refugees by either seeking a relevant portion of State and
Federal TANF funds from the State TANF agency, or seeking State-only funds
which may be counted under certain circumstances toward the State's
maintenance of effort (MOE) requirement. Those refugees supported by Federal
or State TANF funds would be subject to TANF participation and work
requirements, while refugees supported with State-only funds would not be
subject to TANF rules. Medical services for TANF-eligible refugees must be
charged to the State Medicaid program if otherwise eligible. Definition of
Terms: Interim Financial Support: To provide financial assistance adequate
to meet the basic needs of refugees otherwise eligible for RCA and/or for
TANF at a level generally comparable to assistance allowable under those
programs. The greater part of this assistance is expected to be provided
in the form of cash payments to refugees, but may also include incentive
bonuses for early employment or payment for work-related expenses such as
transportation or tools.

Who can apply:

County Governments
Non-Government - General
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 Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)

Eligible functional categories:
Funding Sources:

Refugee and Entrant Assistance_Wilson/Fish Program

More Information:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/HHS-2004-ACF-ORR-RW-0005.html

If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact: Carl
Rubenstein

Address Info:

Administration of Children and Families; 370
L'Enfant Promenade, SW; Washingtion, DC 20447

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