Dear Colleague Letter 20-03
October 22, 2019
ORR will issue Refugee School Impact (RSI) funding to states as a “set-aside” within the fiscal year (FY) 20201 Refugee Support Services (RSS) formula allocation. This letter details RSI FY 2020 allocation determinations and final amounts. For a description of program goals and recommended services, as well as program reporting and monitoring activities, please reference PL 19-01.
FY 2020 Allocations
The FY 2020 allocations to states and replacement designees are based on the number of ORR-eligible individuals, aged 5-18, who arrived and were served within FY 2018, as reported in the ORR – 5 and that was verified against the ORR Refugee Arrivals Data System (RADS).
The chart below documents the number of eligible individuals served in each state in FY 2018 and the corresponding funding allocations for the RSI program for FY 2020. The proposed allocations are based on the availability of federal funding and will be included in the quarterly FY 2020 RSS allocation as a “set- aside.” As required under ORR regulation 45 C.F.R. §400.210, these funds must be obligated by September 30, 2021, and must be liquidated by September 30, 2022.
ORR plans to continue funding states for three years before needing to requalify. FY 2020 is considered year two of the three year period, as the qualifying year was FY 2019. States and replacement designees that served over 60 ORR-eligible individuals aged 5-18 in year one, continue to qualify for funding. As a result and as noted in the chart below, six states that were funded in FY 2019 will continue to be funded in FY 2020 even though their client population fell below the total served floor of 60.
State, Replacement Designee
Total Served FY18 Arrivals Aged 5-18
Explanation of Allocations
FY 2020 allocations fall into the following tiers: 1) a maximum tier that served 800 or more individuals, which was further broken down to 800-899 eligible individuals ($950,000), and 900 eligible individuals or more ($1,000,000); 2) a per capita tier for states that served between 90-799 eligible individuals; and 3) a floor tier for states that served 89 or less eligible individuals, which was further broken down to 50-89 eligible individuals ($100,000), and 49 - 20 individuals ($75,000), for those states who qualified in FY 2019.
Please direct any questions about this Dear Colleague Letter or the RSI program to your ORR Regional Representative. We also encourage you to utilize ORR’s Technical Assistance provider(s) for additional resources on serving refugees.
Jonathan H. Hayes
Office of Refugee Resettlement