About the Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant Program

The Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant  Program is an alternative to public cash assistance providing services to help ORR-eligible populations (refugees, asylees, Cuban and Haitian entrants, certain Amerasians from Vietnam, Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking, and Special Immigrant Visa Holders (SIVs)) to become economically self-sufficient within 120 to 180 days of program eligibility. Services required under this program include, but are not limited to, case management, employment services, maintenance assistance and cash allowance, and administration. Self-sufficiency must be achieved without accessing public cash assistance. Enrollment is available to all ORR-eligible populations meeting the minimum employability requirements as defined under the Program Guidelines; however, enrollment must occur within 31 days of becoming eligible to ensure adequate services are provided and self-sufficiency is achieved and maintained within the period of eligibility. For additional information on program eligibility and required program services see FY 2014 Matching Grant (MG) Program Guidelines for grantees.

The Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant Program was designed to work with the Refugee and Cuban & Haitian Entrant Reception and Placement (R&P) programs. Congress confirmed this approach to the program in the 1986 Refugee Assistance Extension Act. Therefore, competition for funding under this program is open only to those voluntary agencies that already provide R&P services through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) or the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Those voluntary agencies are:

  • Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program, New York, NY;
  • Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the U.S.A., New York, NY;
  • Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc./Refugee Resettlement Program, Arlington, VA;
  • HIAS, Inc. (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)/Refugee and Immigrant Services, New York, NY;
  • International Rescue Committee/Resettlement, New York, NY;
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore, MD;
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC;
  • U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Arlington, VA; and
  • World Relief Corporation of National Association of Evangelicals/Refugee & Immigration Programs, Baltimore, MD.

Funding is provided through cooperative agreements requiring ORR's substantial involvement in the program's implementation at all levels. Participating voluntary agencies agree to match the ORR grant with cash and in-kind contributions of goods and services from the community. Currently, ORR awards $2 for every $1 raised by the agency up to a maximum of $2,200 in Federal funds per enrolled client. At least 20 percent of the non-Federal share (the grantee's match) must be met with cash; the balance may be cash, in-kind services, or donated goods. Note that while Federal and match funds are calculated and awarded on a per capita or enrolled individual basis, the actual spending of such funds is not per capita based. This allows grantees the flexibility to maximize the Program’s impact across their respective networks by passing through an appropriate per capita amount based on such factors as the local cost of living, lack of R&P, family support, and other factors and thus permitting local Matching Grant Program service providers to individually tailor services (higher or lower than the per capita rate) as necessary for each client to achieve self-sufficiency.  

In Fiscal Year 2012, 35,166 individuals received services and 71 percent of those completing the Program achieved self sufficiency. FY 2013 funding for the Matching Grant Program is $95,172,000. This includes $63.45 million from ORR and $31.72 million from nine voluntary agencies participating through cooperative agreements. These agencies are providing Matching Grant Program services at 234 locations in 42 states. The program is expected to serve 28,840 individuals with FY 2013 funding.

For additional information on program eligibility and required program services see FY 2014 Matching Grant (MG) Program Guidelines for grantees.

FY 2013 Funding
A table summarizing FY 2013 Program funding and contact information is available.

Local Service Provider Sites
Details on the FY 2013 local Matching Grant service provider sites in each state are available.

Resources

Matching Grant Annual Reports

FY 2011 MG Statistical Report (xls 2.8MB)

The statistical table attached represents program activity during FY 2011.  As ORR moved the MG program to the fiscal year, additional funding was provided to grantees to extend the program through September 2011.  The performance activities in this table reflect solely the performance activity that occurred between (October 1, 2010 – September 30, 2011).

FY 2010 MG Statistical Report (xls 2.8MB)

Note: ORR currently collects statistical reports on a trimester basis.  ORR moved from the Calendar Year (CY) to a Program Year (PY) beginning in 2008.  The program year ran from February 1 through January 31.  As the PY format aligned with the federal fiscal year trimesters, ORR was able to tabulate a statistical reports for FY 2010.  This report contains the last trimester statistical reports from PY09 and the first two trimester reports from PY 2010.

PY 2010 MG Statistical Report (xls 2.7MB)

Note: ORR initially awarded the PY 2010 grants to run from February 1, 2010 through January 31, 2011. These grants were extended through September 2011. The attached data report covers the PY 2010 as initially awarded.

Future reports will cover the Federal Fiscal year which runs from October 1st  through September 30th:

Contact Information (Project Officer)

Thomas Giossi
Refugee Program Specialist
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Administration for Children and Families
901 D Street, SW
Washington DC 20447
Phone: 202.401.5720
Fax: 202.401.0981
Thomas.Giossi@acf.hhs.gov