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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs, and Tribes to Provide
Training to Refugees in Food and Agriculture Industries

Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (RAPP)

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)

Deadline Date:

06/24/22 11:59 PM ET for online submission; 4:30 PM ET for receipt of paper applications with online submission exemption.

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and tribes to provide training programs for refugees in food and agriculture-related industries. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support programs that provide resources and training in farming, food safety and nutrition education, and technical assistance in farming and food safety.

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:

  • Increase access to land and other necessary resources for the purpose of farming;
  • Incorporate relevant refugee cultural backgrounds and allow refugees to use their experience and skills in farming;
  • Increase refugee knowledge and skills in nutrition and food safety for personal consumption and, where relevant, processing for market;
  • Increase skills in farming and farming safety (e.g., food handling, safe soil amendment practices, farm equipment training, etc.);
  • Provide farming business development and training opportunities to refugees interested in pursuing farming as a means towards self-sufficiency (e.g., financial literacy training, business planning, farming recordkeeping, etc.);
  • Increase potential for supplemental income through refugee farming initiatives;
  • Increase access to healthy and nutritious foods through farming, particularly in urban areas or areas defined as food deserts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) (https://www.ers.usda.gov/data/fooddesert); and
  • Provide psychosocial support for refugees through agricultural activities

Program requirements:

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171946

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,500,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 25

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $100,000 per budget period
- Award Floor: $80,000 per budget period
- Average Projected Award Amount: $100,000 per budget period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2022

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

Eligibility:

  • 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 the INA § 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.

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

For client eligibility, see p. 4 of the FOA listed in Attached Files below.

Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred to raise capital or obtain contributions are unallowable. Fund raising costs for the purposes of meeting the Federal program objectives are allowable with prior written approval from the Federal awarding agency. (45 CFR § 75.442)

Unallowable expenditures/activities:
- Pre-award costs
- Construction
- Purchase of real property
- Major renovation
- Acquisition, construction, and major renovation of real property

Pre-Application Information:

Application Due Date: 06/24/2022

- ACF requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.gov. Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time on the listed application due date.
- 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. The deadline for receipt of paper applications (mailed or hand-delivered) is 4:30 pm ET on the due date. Hand-delivered applications may be delivered between the hours of 8:00 am ET and 4:30 pm ET Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays).

All applicants must complete the registration process as follows:
- Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number.
- 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.
- Create a Grants.gov Account: The next step in the registration process is to create an account with Grants.gov. Applicants must know their organization's DUNS number to complete this process.

Please note: The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete.

How to apply: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/how-apply-grant

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Contact Information:

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

Electronic submissions will be made via Grants.gov.

Paper submissions, whether by mail or hand delivery, will be made to the following address:
Tim Chappelle
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Community Strengthening Grants
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington DC 20201

For technical assistance from Grants.gov, please contact:
Grants.gov
1-800-518-4726
support@grants.gov

Program Office Contact:
Yimeem Vu
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Division of Refugee Services
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4825
Fax: (202) 401-5772
Email: Yimeem.Vu@acf.hhs.gov

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Tim Chappelle
(See contact details above)

CFDA Number:

93.576

Funding or Pin Number:

HHS-2022-ACF-ORR-ZR-0056

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