Voluntary Agencies Matching Grant Program

The Matching Grant program helps refugees and other ORR-eligible populations overcome barriers and quickly find jobs. The intent is for refugees to become financially independent in four to six months after arriving in the U.S. without accessing cash assistance programs.

The program is a public/private partnership enabling communities to become directly involved in supporting refugees through donations, volunteer support, and mentorship.

Participating in the Program

Matching Grant program participants must meet certain employment requirements and must enroll within 31 days after their date of arrival or eligibility.

The program works closely with clients, providing:

  • Case management
  • Employment skills training
  • Job referrals
  • Family budget planning

The program also helps refugees with:

  • Housing, utilities, and food
  • Transportation
  • Health and medical
  • English language training
  • Social adjustment and other services

Program Administration

The Matching Grant program is provided solely through the nine domestic resettlement agencies that have agreements with the Department of State or the Department of Homeland Security to provide reception and placement services to refugees.

Resettlement Agencies

These resettlement agencies in turn work with over 250 local service providers in 44 states, and enroll clients who are interested in the program after an orientation to their options for employment programs.

Each resettlement agency must match federal funds with cash and in-kind contributions of goods and services from the community. ORR awards $2 in federal funding for every $1 raised by the agency, up to a maximum of $2,500 in federal funds per enrolled client.

For information on Matching Grant program eligibility and required program services, view the  Matching Grant (MG) Program Guidelines for grantees.