Ethnic Community Self-Help

The Ethnic Community Self-Help (ECSH) program supports ethnic community-based organizations in helping refugees adjust to life in America and integrate into the community. These organizations are particularly skilled in identifying and responding to the diverse needs of refugees, and decide what activities to plan that will best benefit the communities they serve.

The Ethnic Community Self-Help program serves refugees and other ORR-eligible populations who have arrived in the United States within the last five years.

Through the program, the ethnic community-based organizations help refugees with:

  • Finding jobs
  • Learning English
  • Assisting youth in college preparation
  • Learning U.S. customs and laws
  • Starting the process toward citizenship
  • Linking to their communities

The Ethnic Community Self-Help program supports ethnic community-based organizations in professional development for their staff by connecting them with well-established service providers. The greater community also benefits by learning about the culture, strengths, and needs of the local refugee population the organization is serving.

This is a competitive grant program, with grants awarded for a three-year project period.

Organizations wishing to operate an ECSH program must submit an application when the ECSH Funding Opportunities Announcements is open on Grants.gov.

Ethnic community-based organizations eligible to apply must:

  • Be a U.S.-based certified non-profit organization primarily for the advancement of refugees
  • Be founded and led by a group of current and/or former refugees
  • Have a board of directors comprised of at least 60 percent current or former refugees

Current Ethnic Community Self-Help grantees.