FY 2017 Notice of Funding Opportunity for Reception and Placement Program

Funding Opportunity Announcement
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration
March 21, 2016


Funding Opportunity Number: PRM-PRMUSRAP-17-001

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number: 19.510 - U.S. Reception and Placement Program

Announcement issuance date: Monday, March 21, 2016

Proposal submission deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT. Proposals submitted after this deadline will not be considered.

**ADVISORY: All applicants must submit proposals through the website Grants.gov NOT through GrantsSolutions.gov. Please note that if you apply on the GrantSolutions.gov site, your application will be disqualified. PRM strongly recommends submitting your proposal early to allow time to address any difficulties that may arise.**

Full Text of Notice of Funding Opportunity

A. Program Description

1. Purpose of the Reception and Placement (R&P) Program

The R&P Program for the initial reception and placement of refugees in the United States is managed by PRM (hereinafter referred to as the "Bureau"). The purpose of the R&P Program is to promote the successful reception and placement of all persons who are admitted to the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. For the purpose of this announcement, “refugee” is defined as a person admitted to the United States under section 207(c) of the INA, as amended, or a person to whom eligibility for the resettlement assistance available to individuals admitted under section 207(c) has been extended by statute.

To accomplish this goal, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) recognizes the desirability for public or private non-profit organizations to provide R&P services and to assist refugees to achieve economic self-sufficiency as quickly as possible. The program goals and objectives set forth in this announcement have been established in accordance with these statutory provisions.

The goals of the R&P Program administered by the Bureau are:

a. To ensure the ability to receive promptly into the United States all refugees approved for admission under applicable provisions of the INA;

b. To ensure that all refugees approved for admission to the United States are provided with reception and placement services appropriate to their personal circumstances;

c. To maintain national capacity for the reception and placement of refugees, in accordance with admissions ceilings determined annually by the President after consultation with the Congress; and,

d. To assist refugees in achieving economic self-sufficiency in coordination with other refugee services and assistance programs authorized by the INA and any mainstream services and assistance programs for which refugees are eligible.

Core program objectives for FY 2017 include the following:

a. Resettlement Agency management ensures sound and timely operations to appropriately prepare and plan for refugee arrivals to the United States.

b. Resettlement Agency management provides sound oversight and support to maintain a flexible, well-equipped, and knowledgeable affiliate network.

c. Resettlement Affiliates deliver timely and individualized services that promote refugee well-being and self-sufficiency.

d. Resettlement Affiliates regularly engage, inform, and consult resettlement partners, stakeholders, and communities.

e. Resettlement Affiliates ensure refugees are connected to services and oriented to their new communities.

The Bureau partners with and provides partial financial support to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to carry out the R&P Program. Participating organizations are expected to combine the Bureau’s financial assistance with existing and projected private resources for the provision of R&P services for refugees admitted to the United States during the period October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. The R&P service period is defined as an initial 30-day period that can be extended up to 90 days after arrival should more than 30 days be required to complete delivery of R&P services.

2. Funding Procedures

Under current funding procedures, each agency with which the Bureau enters into a Cooperative Agreement (CA) is provided $2,025 for each refugee it sponsors who arrives in the United States during the period of the CA and is verified to have been placed and assisted by the agency. The funding is intended to supplement private resources available to the applicant and may be used at the local affiliates at which refugees are resettled and only for the direct benefit of refugees and for the delivery of services to refugees in accordance with program requirements as described in the CA. In addition, the Bureau funds national R&P Program management costs according to separately negotiated and approved budgets based on the applicant’s sponsorship capacity.

The annual ceiling for refugee admissions will be established by the President following consultations with the Congress towards the end of FY 2016. The FY 2017 appropriation and refugee ceiling have not yet been determined. For planning purposes, applicants should use the following refugee admissions projections as a baseline, although they may not necessarily be the regional or total ceilings that will be set by the President for FY 2017. Projections by region are as follows:

Africa -- 30,000

East Asia -- 12,000

Europe and Central Asia -- 5,000

Latin America and the Caribbean -- 5,000

Near East and South Asia -- 44,000

Unallocated Reserve -- 4,000

In addition, applicants should include 7,000 Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients in their planning.

As in previous years, applicants should base their placement plans provided to PRM in response to this notice of funding opportunity on the capacity of their network of local affiliates, which will have consulted with resettlement partners in their communities in order to ensure that the placement plans are reasonable and appropriate. Should the FY 2017 Presidential Determination and appropriation processes result in ceilings that are different from the total capacity that has been proposed by all approved applicants, the Bureau will work with approved applicants, as necessary, to develop a revised plan, as it has in previous years.

3. Refugee Caseload Assignment

Cases will be assigned to each approved applicant through a process administered on behalf of the Bureau by the Refugee Processing Center (RPC), 1401 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22209.

The number of refugees assigned to an approved applicant will be determined by the Bureau, in accordance with the needs of the Admissions Program, taking into account ceilings established by the FY 2017 Presidential Determination; the proposed capacity of the applicant and its affiliates; recommendations of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, as well as state and local officials; the applicant’s demonstrated ability to implement its proposed placement plan; and past performance. The number of refugees assigned to an approved applicant may be less than the proposed placement capacity of the applicant. Iraqi and Afghan SIV recipients requesting R&P services will be allocated to the approved applicants as refugee cases.

New applicants should provide a reasonable estimate of the applicant’s service capacity for new refugee arrivals.

B. Federal Award Information

Proposed program start date: October 1, 2016

Duration of Activity: October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017. Applicants must continue to re-compete for PRM funding each year. In funding a project one year, PRM makes no representations that it will continue to fund the project in successive years and encourages applicants to seek a wide array of donors to ensure long-term funding possibilities.

C. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

The Bureau intends to award Cooperative Agreements for FY 2017 to well-qualified non-profit organizations able to offer a range of services throughout networks of multiple locations across the United States. This will include applicants that have demonstrated satisfactory performance under previous agreements with the Bureau and/or applicants that meet the selection criteria described below and have demonstrated the ability to provide required services. Applicants should understand that participation in the FY 2016 R&P Program is neither a pre-condition for nor a guarantee of continued participation in FY 2017.

In order to be considered for participation in the program, applicants must:

a. Be a well-established social service provider with demonstrated case management expertise and experience managing a network of affiliates that provide reception and placement or similar services to refugees or other migrant populations in the United States;

b. Have been in operation for at least three full years in 501(c)(3) non-profit status;

c. Document the availability of private financial resources to contribute to the program; and

d. Operate multiple locations across the United States.

Failure to satisfy any of the four required qualifications above will preclude further consideration for participation in the program.

2. Cost Sharing or Matching

Cost sharing, matching, or cost participation is not a requirement of an application in response to this funding announcement.

D. Application and Submission Instructions

1. Address to Request Application Package

Application packages may be downloaded from the website www.Grants.gov.

2. Content and Form of Application

a. Applicants should report all data in terms of the federal fiscal year (i.e., October 1 through September 30).

b. Proposal Format

Applicants should adhere to the following guidelines when preparing proposals:

• All documents in the proposal should have the following page layout: 8.5 inch by 11 inch pages with one-inch margins.

• All documents in the proposal must be in 12-point Times New Roman font.

• All pages of the proposal must be numbered. Page numbers should restart at “page 1” for each separate file/attachment (Word, Excel, or PDF Document) that is submitted.

• Proposals should be no longer than specified in this section. Information included on pages beyond the stated page limitations will not be reviewed.

• Sections within each narrative should be sequential.

• Abstracts for individual affiliate and sub-office sites are to be arranged in alphabetical order, first by state name (not by abbreviation), then by city within each state where the office is located. All offices should be identified by location (State, City) and PRM code (e.g. FLXXX01). For all Washington, D.C. locations, please use “Washington” for the city, and “District of Columbia” for the state. All proposed new affiliates should be included at the end of this section.

• No attachments other than those specifically requested will be accepted or considered.

c. Required Forms and Information and Sample Formats:

Required Forms (Instructions accompany each form in the electronic Grant Application Package):

• OMB Standard Form 424 (Version 02) -- Application for Federal Assistance

• OMB Standard Form 424 A -- Budget Information - Non Construction Programs

• OMB Standard Form 424 B -- Assurances - Non Construction Programs

Other Required Information (Instructions are detailed below):

a) Project Narrative

b) Objectives and Indicators Chart

c) National Management Budget Summary and Detail

d) National Management Budget Narrative

e) Affiliate/Sub-office Abstracts

f) URM Affiliate/Sub-office Abstracts, if applicable

g) FY 2017 Proposed Consolidated Placement Plan

h) Three-year Affiliate Monitoring Plan

i) R&P Headquarters Staff

j) Headquarters Organizational Chart

k) Supporting documentation for new sites as attachments, if applicable

l) Letters of Support for Out-of-State Placement Exceptions, if applicable

m) Code of Conduct on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse

n) Current U.S.G. Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement

o) If the organization has not previously received funding from PRM prior to the U.S.G. fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, copies of 1) the most recent external financial audit, 2) non-profit tax status under IRS 501 (c)(3), 3) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number, and 4) Employer ID number (EIN)/Federal Tax Identification. If your organization has never applied for PRM funding before and is not registered with the government-wide System for Award Management (www.SAM.gov) and/or does not have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, you will need to get a DUNS number and then register with SAM.gov before you can submit a proposal to Grants.gov. The SAM.gov and DUNS registration process can take some time so we recommend you start as early as possible.

Sample Attachment Formats:

Sample formats of the following documents are available on Grants.gov. The Excel documents are included in a single Excel workbook. Applicants are strongly urged to use these suggested formats. Submissions prepared in alternate formats will be considered as long as all required information is provided.

• Objectives and Indicators Chart

• National Management Budget Summary, FY 2017 (Excel Document)

• National Management Budget Detail, FY 2017 (Excel Document)

• Affiliate/Sub-office Abstract (Word Document)

• URM Affiliate/Sub-office Abstract (Word Document)

• FY 2017 Proposed Consolidated Placement Plan (Excel Document)

• Three-year Affiliate Monitoring Plan (Excel Document)

• R&P Headquarters Staff (Excel Document)

Detailed Instructions for Other Required Information

a) Project Narrative

The Project Narrative must contain the following sections and should adhere to the requirements listed:

• The Project Narrative should be subtitled and numbered to correspond with the required information sections below. If any individual section of information is not applicable, that fact should be specifically stated.

• The narrative should not exceed 16 pages. If applicable, include 1 additional page to describe the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program and 2 additional pages to describe International Organization for Migration (IOM) loan billing services.

• Note that page numbers should be sequential for the entirety of the Project Narrative and should not restart with each section of required information.

• Submit the Project Narrative as an attachment by selecting the “Project Narrative Attachment Form” in the Grant Application Package.

Organizational Structure and Management

Each applicant should briefly describe its organizational structure and its formal or legal relationships with its affiliates and sub-offices. Describe any recent or anticipated changes in headquarters management, organization, or operations.

State the number of placement sites (number of affiliates and sub-offices). State the number of joint sites, if any, and the agencies with which the applicant collaborates. List all affiliate and sub-office sites opened and closed during FY 2016 as well as proposed new sites and sites planned for closure in FY 2017. Describe a coherent strategy or rationale for selecting and maintaining resettlement sites in the placement network. If joint sites are used, describe the specific benefits and costs to the federal government, the national and local agencies, local communities, and refugees of this model of management.

New Sites: For all applicants, the Bureau will consider requests to open new sites if accompanied by appropriate documentation. Documentation should be submitted as additional attachments to the proposal.

Program Management

Applicants with existing programs should include a narrative description of how they actively manage resources to meet, and demonstrate accountability for, program outcomes.

Describe the applicant’s community engagement strategies for FY 2017 at the national, local, and state levels, including identification of key issues or risk factors, how they affect successful resettlement, and how the applicant’s public outreach will impact outcomes for refugees. Give at least two examples of resources and guidance the applicant provided to its affiliates in FY 2016 to support affiliates’ efforts to partner with other local service providers. Give at least two examples of how the applicant assisted in resolving local and state challenges to the local resettlement program during FY 2016.

Include a brief description of the applicant’s fraud prevention strategies and activities, including how the applicant uses culturally effective practices and procedures with refugees to combat fraud, and how the applicant responds to alleged or possible fraud (including, but not limited to, immigration and welfare benefit fraud).

Placement

Describe criteria used to determine placement of refugees throughout a network which guarantees quality, language-appropriate R&P services for arriving refugees of diverse backgrounds. Explain where significant increases or decreases in placement are expected in FY 2017. Describe how fluctuations in arrivals are addressed and how the applicant responds to variable arrival patterns while ensuring the required level of service to all refugees.

The radius for placement by affiliates is restricted to 100 miles within the same state for predestined cases and cases with U.S. ties, and 50 miles within the same state for cases with no U.S. ties. If an applicant proposes to place predestined or cases with U.S. ties outside the 100-mile in-state radius, provide a rationale and a list of such sites. Placement of cases allocated with no U.S. ties beyond the 50-mile in-state restriction is not permitted.

Gender Analysis

PRM is committed to addressing the needs of potentially vulnerable and underserved individuals among the beneficiary population (women; children; older individuals; individuals with complex medical conditions; individuals with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or intersex (LGBTI) individuals and other minorities). Applicants should briefly analyze the risks and challenges posed by gender dynamics to R&P Program implementation, for example, ensuring interpretation is provided for women when their husbands speak English, or that women with small children receive cultural orientation and are able to attend English language classes. Describe how the applicant will mitigate these risks and ensure that R&P services are fully accessible to vulnerable individuals.

Network Monitoring

Applicants should describe monitoring practices, procedures, and how problems identified during applicant or PRM monitoring are addressed and resolved. Include a specific description of the compliance ratings used when monitoring local affiliates, and how compliance is measured. Describe how beneficiary feedback is collected and used to improve programming. Explain the applicant’s process and timeframes for ensuring that corrective actions taken (in response to PRM monitoring, agency monitoring, and beneficiary feedback) result in final program compliance. Using examples, applicants should describe trends observed during FY 2015 and FY 2016 and how corrections were achieved and best practices shared.

Network Training

Describe network training events related to R&P proposed for FY 2017. Include the purpose of each event, desired outcomes, mechanisms for ensuring appropriate staff receive the training, and how training effectiveness will be measured. Applicants should specify the link between monitoring results and training plans for FY 2017.

Applicants with existing programs should list network training events related to R&P that took place in FY 2016 (or that are expected to take place before the end of the FY 2016 fiscal year). Note the number of staff who attended each training (distinguish between headquarters and affiliate staff), and explain how the effectiveness of the training was measured.

Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Foster Care Program Applicants Only (additional 1 page maximum)

If an applicant is currently participating in the placement of unaccompanied refugee minors overseas into foster care and wishes to continue these placements in FY 2017, the proposal should describe headquarters procedures for placing and assuring such cases during FY 2016 and list participating affiliates. List all proposed new URM sites. Applicants should also provide URM Affiliate Abstracts for each foster care site and include such sites in their consolidated placement plan.

IOM Travel Loan Program (additional 2 page maximum)

For applicable current R&P Program participants, applicant should describe how its system for administering refugee transportation loans enables it to comply with the responsibilities set forth in the Cooperative Agreement and those set forth in the separate Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IOM. The description should address each of the Cooperative Agreement and IOM MOU responsibilities and how each one is met or not met by the system. Should a responsibility not yet be met by the loan system, please provide specific information on proposed changes and when such changes will be implemented to fully meet the requirements. For example, does the system include appropriate procedures to successfully trace addresses? Are social security numbers recorded in the loan files? Does the system interface with the IOM Loan Tracking System (LTS) for the importing of USRAP Travel Loan Promissory Note (ePN) data and the exporting of Account Balances, Transactions and Transfers to IOM? Are loan notes transferred to IOM in accordance with the steps set forth in the IOM MOU? Are management procedures in place to ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and municipal statutes and regulations governing billing services? Detail the number of full- and part-time staff devoted to the IOM travel loan effort during the current year and the number expected to be devoted under a new agreement.

Note: Only applicants approved for participation may be assigned IOM travel loans; should new R&P agencies be identified and funded as a result of this announcement, they should not assume that their future number of assigned refugees will be sufficient to operate an individual loan program.

New Applicants Only

Please provide all information required above as well as:

• A narrative (additional one page maximum) describing the history and development of the organization, its background in social service activities, particularly with refugee clients or other migrant populations and experience with and capacity to sponsor refugees of various ethnic backgrounds. Evidence of at least three years of operation in a non-profit 501(c)(3) status.

• Copies of recent evaluations of other federal or state-funded programs may be requested by the Bureau as evidence of ability to provide required services.

b) Objectives and Indicators Chart

Applicants should submit a chart detailing proposed objectives and indicators for FY 2017. Charts should include the core program objectives and indicators as included in the sample format provided on Grants.gov. Applicants are encouraged to include additional indicators that reflect the way in which their organization measures and evaluates achievement of program goals and objectives. Though not required, applicants may also choose to include additional objectives that demonstrate key measures of success in the R&P Program. Proposed objectives and indicators should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and reliable, time-bound, and trackable (SMART), and should be clearly linked to the program goals highlighted in Section A.1 of this notice of funding opportunity. Note that these objectives and indicators will inform ongoing Bureau evaluation of agency performance, including via quarterly program reports and annual monitoring of agency headquarters.

c) FY 2017 National Management Budget

The R&P Program represents a long-standing public-private partnership, and is funded from a combination of public and private resources. Applicants should document contributions of private resources to the R&P Program at headquarters. Applicants should provide a detailed and cost effective budget. The Budget must contain the following sections and should adhere to the requirements listed:

• FY 2017 National Management Budget Summary

• FY 2017 National Management Budget Detail

A sample excel format for the National Management Budget Summary and Detail is provided on Grants.gov. The sample format includes columns reflecting the Bureau (federal) and other (non-federal) funding sources as well as the total funding need. The Budget Summary requires each applicant to provide a breakdown of sources of non-federal funding and the amounts. This breakdown should correspond to the amount of non-federal funding included in the budget. The Budget Summary and Budget Detail should follow the suggested format listed in appendix A. The applicant shall comply with the relevant provisions of 2 CFR 200, “Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards” and the Department of State Standard Terms And Conditions.

d) FY 2017 National Management Budget Narrative

The National Management Budget Narrative should be a separate, narrative document, and should describe in full detail each of the items included in the FY 2017 National Management Budget Summary and Detail. The Budget Narrative should thoroughly and clearly describe each item; correspond with the information, comments, and figures provided on the Budget Summary and Detail; be easy to understand; demonstrate cost reasonableness; and reflect calculations that are mathematically correct and comply with guidelines and limitations. Note that page numbers should be sequential for the entirety of the Budget Narrative and separate from the project narrative pagination.

e) Affiliate and Sub-Office Abstracts (Maximum 3 pages each)

Applicants must submit an abstract for each affiliate office and sub-office, existing or proposed. The affiliate and sub-office abstracts should follow the abstract completion instructions listed in appendix B using the sample format provided on Grants.gov. All abstracts should be uploaded to Grants.gov as one continuous file. New applicants and/or new sites need not complete sections that request information from previous fiscal years.

Each affiliate or sub-office abstract should present information pertaining only to activities of that specific office and should not include data related to activities corresponding to partner agencies (at joint sites), sub-offices, or administering affiliates. Abstracts representing jointly operated affiliates must contain information in all fields regarding only the sponsoring agency’s activities; it should not reflect a combination of partner agencies’ information.

Applicants with refugee foster care programs should submit a URM affiliate abstract for each URM site.

For submission with the R&P proposal, abstracts for individual affiliate and sub-office sites are to be arranged in alphabetical order, first by state name (not by state abbreviation), then by city within each state where the office is located. NOTE: For all documents and attachments, affiliates and sub-offices should be arranged in this order. All offices should be identified by location (State, City) and PRM code (e.g. FLXXX01). For all Washington, D.C. locations, please use “Washington” for the city, and “District of Columbia” for the state should be included at the end. All proposed new affiliates should be included at the end of this document.

Please interfile the abstracts as a single electronic document in this fashion:

• Each sequential abstract should begin on a new page.

• Each affiliate and sub-office abstract is limited to three pages.

• If a sub-office is located in a different state than its administering affiliate, the sub-office abstract should be positioned by state rather than with its administering affiliate.

f) URM Affiliate and Sub-office Abstracts (Maximum 3 pages each)

Applicants must submit an abstract for each URM affiliate office and sub-office, existing or proposed. The URM affiliate and sub-office abstracts should follow the URM abstract completion instructions listed in Appendix C using the sample format provided on Grants.gov. All URM abstracts should be uploaded to Grants.gov as one continuous file. New applicants and/or new sites need not complete sections that request information from previous fiscal years.

Each URM affiliate or sub-office abstract should present information pertaining only to activities of that specific office and should not include data related to activities corresponding to partner agencies (at joint sites), sub-offices, or administering affiliates. URM abstracts representing jointly operated affiliates must contain information in all fields regarding only the sponsoring agency’s activities; it should not reflect a combination of partner agencies’ information.

For submission with the R&P proposal, URM abstracts for individual affiliate and sub-office sites are to be arranged in alphabetical order, first by state name (not by state abbreviation), then by city within each state where the office is located. NOTE: For all documents and attachments, affiliates and sub-offices should be arranged in this order. All offices should be identified by location (State, City) and PRM code (e.g. FLXXX01). For all Washington, D.C. locations, please use “Washington” for the city, and “District of Columbia” for the state should be included at the end. All proposed new affiliates should be included at the end of this document.

Please interfile the abstracts as a single electronic document in this fashion.

• Each sequential abstract should begin on a new page.

• Each affiliate and sub-office abstract is limited to three pages.

• If a sub-office is located in a different state than its administering affiliate, the sub-office abstract should be positioned by state rather than with its administering affiliate.

g) FY 2017 Proposed Consolidated Placement Plan

Applicants should submit a proposed consolidated placement plan for FY 2017 that enumerates each affiliate or sub-office’s proposed arrivals. Applicants are urged to submit the proposed placement plan as the Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet sample format provided on Grants.gov.

h) Three-Year Affiliate Monitoring Plan

Applicants should provide their three-year onsite affiliate monitoring plan, beginning with sites monitored in FY 2015(including those proposed for the remainder of the fiscal year) and continuing through FY 2017. Applicants are encouraged to submit the three-year onsite monitoring plan as a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet similar to that of the sample provided on Grants.gov.

• When submitting this information, the applicant should list all affiliates and sub-offices. Sites should be listed by state name and city in alphabetical order (one city per line).

• Affiliate codes are those assigned by the Refugee Processing Center.

• Please include all sites, including those which resettle fewer than 25 refugees per year. Sites with fewer than 25 refugees expected in FY 2016 need not be scheduled for monitoring in FY 2017. Rather, please note “fewer than 25 refugees” (see sample format). The Bureau recognizes that this monitoring plan is subject to change.

• Identify joint sites and note which partner agency plans to monitor each joint site.

• Only note official, on-site R&P monitoring visits on the plan. This may include scheduled monitoring visits, visits resulting from a change in affiliate director, or special circumstances that warrant an otherwise out-of-sequence visit. Include the reason for the special circumstances visit. Do not include visits for the sole purpose of technical assistance and/or training. Include the reason for the special circumstances visit.

• Applicants should not include foster care sites.

• Identify the month of monitoring.

i) R&P Headquarters Staff

Applicants should submit information on R&P headquarters staff and their proposed responsibilities on a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet similar to that of the sample provided on Grants.gov. List on this attachment all headquarters staff members working on R&P, the hours per week each spends performing R&P duties, a description of the R&P duties performed, and funding source (distinguish R&P from other programs).

j) Headquarters Organizational Chart

Applicants should submit an organizational chart that diagrams the structure of the organization and the positions within, clearly distinguishing all staff paid by or contributing to R&P, and how the R&P Program fits into the larger organizational structure.

k) Supporting Documentation for New Sites, if applicable

All applicants should provide a statement of rationale for proposed new sites. Prior to proposing a new site, applicants must consult with stakeholders in the proposed new site. The rationale should document all such community consultations, including what topics were discussed, who was consulted, when meetings were held, and the outcome of the discussions. Participation shall include, at minimum, representation from the following offices: state refugee coordinator; state refugee health coordinator; local governance (city and/or county, as applicable); local and/or county public health, welfare, and social services; and public education. In these consultations, applicants shall discuss the size and scope of the proposed program, and the participant stakeholders’ abilities to adequately receive and serve the proposed caseload. The rationale should be accompanied by: a completed abstract; a letter of support from the proposed site’s governing entity; a letter of support from the state refugee coordinator; letters of support from local social service agencies; an explanation of the proposed management structure at the new location; a timeline for the opening of the proposed site and implementation of program activities; and a detailed training plan for R&P staff. During the proposal review process, PRM may request additional information.

l) Letters of Support for Out-of-State Placements

If a participating applicant proposes to place predestined or cases with U.S. ties in a different state (regardless of distance) than that in which their affiliate is located, the applicant must submit, in PDF, a letter of support from the state refugee coordinator of the state of intended placement.

3. Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and System for Award Management (SAM)

a. Each applicant is required to: (i) be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active PRM award or an application or plan under consideration by PRM. No federal award may be made to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable DUNS and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the PRM award is ready to be made, PRM may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a PRM award and use that determination as a basis for making a PRM award to another applicant.

b. Proposals must be submitted via Grants.gov (not via GrantSolutions.gov). Grants.gov registration requires a DUNS number and active SAM.gov registration. If you are new to PRM funding, the Grants.gov registration process can be complicated. We urge you to refer to PRM’s General NGO Guidelines “New to PRM Funding” section for information and resources to help ensure that the application process runs smoothly. PRM also strongly encourages organizations that have received funding from PRM in the past to read this section as a refresher. Applicants may also refer to the “Applicant Resources” tools and tips page on Grants.gov for complete details on requirements.

c. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your application on Grants.gov. Organizations not registered with Grants.gov should register well in advance of the deadline as it can take up to two weeks to finalize registration (sometimes longer for non-U.S. based NGOs to get the required registration numbers). We also recommend that organizations, particularly first-time applicants, submit applications via Grants.gov no later than one week before the deadline to avoid last-minute technical difficulties that could result in an application not being considered. PRM partners must maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which they have an active federal award or an application under consideration by PRM or any federal agency.

d. When registering with Grants.gov, organizations must designate points of contact and Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs). Organizations based outside the United States must also request and receive an NCAGE code prior to registering with SAM.gov. Applicants experiencing technical difficulties with the SAM registration process should contact the Federal Service Desk (FSD) online or at 1-866-606-8220 (U.S.) and 1-334-206-7828 (International).

e. Applications must be submitted under the authority of the Authorized Organization Representative at the applicant organization. Having proposals submitted by agency headquarters helps to avoid possible technical problems.

f. If you encounter technical difficulties with Grants.gov please contact the Grants.gov Help Desk at support@grants.gov or by calling 1-800-518-4726. Applicants who are unable to submit applications via Grants.gov due to Grants.gov technical difficulties and who have reported the problem to the Grants.gov help desk, received a case number, and had a service request opened to research the problem, should contact the relevant PRM Program Officer to determine whether an alternative method of submission is appropriate.

g. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure the appropriate registrations are in place and active. Failure to have the appropriate organizational registrations in place is not considered a technical difficulty and is not justification for an alternate means of submission.

h. Pursuant to U.S. Code, Title 218, Section 1001, stated on OMB Standard Form 424 (SF-424), the Department of State is authorized to consolidate the certifications and assurances required by Federal law or regulations for its federal assistance programs. The list of certifications and assurances can be found here.

i. In accordance with 2 CFR §200.113, Mandatory disclosures, the non-Federal entity or applicant for a Federal award must disclose, in a timely manner, in writing to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity all violations of Federal criminal law involving fraud, bribery, or gratuity violations potentially affecting the Federal award. Non-Federal entities that have received a Federal award including the term and condition outlined in Appendix XII—Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters are required to report certain civil, criminal, or administrative proceedings to SAM. Failure to make required disclosures can result in any of the remedies described in 2 CFR §200.338 Remedies for noncompliance, including suspension or debarment. (See also 2 CFR part 180, 31 U.S.C. 3321, and 41 U.S.C. 2313.)

4. Submission Dates and Times

Announcement issuance date: Monday, March 21, 2016

Proposal submission deadline: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. noon EDT.

5. Intergovernmental Review – Not Applicable.

6. Funding Restrictions. Federal awards will not allow reimbursement of Federal Award costs without prior authorization by PRM.

E. Application Review Information

1. Criteria: Eligible submissions will be those that comply with the criteria and requirements included in this announcement. In addition, the review panel will evaluate the proposals based on the following criteria (100 points possible):

a. Organizational Structure and Management (10 points) – Documented headquarters organizational ability to manage a network of affiliates in multiple locations. Demonstrated coherent strategy for selecting and maintaining resettlement sites in the placement network. If joint sites are used, clear demonstration of benefits and costs. If new sites are proposed, sound rationale for opening in the proposed location, demonstrated extensive community consultations prior to proposal submission, and documentation of state and local support.

b. Program Management (20 points) – Demonstrated accountability for performance outcomes. Proposed objectives and indicators are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and reliable, time-bound, and trackable (SMART), and are clearly linked to program goals. Coherent community engagement strategies at the national, local, and state level. Demonstrated support for affiliates’ efforts to partner with local service providers, and to resolve local and state challenges to the local resettlement program. Documented fraud prevention strategies and activities.

c. Placement (20 points) – Documented local affiliate ability to provide quality, language-appropriate reception and placement services for arriving refugees of diverse backgrounds. Explanation of how the applicant will respond to an increased or decreased resettlement need while ensuring the required level of service to all refugees. Evidence of community support for local affiliates and for the refugee program. Documented contributions of significant private resources to the R&P Program at the local level.

Note that this section will be evaluated using the program narrative as well as information obtained from affiliate and sub-office abstracts.

d. Gender Analysis (5 points) – Coherent analysis of risks and challenges posed by gender dynamics to R&P Program implementation. Documented strategy to mitigate risks and ensure R&P services accessibility to vulnerable individuals.

e. Network Monitoring (20 points) – Documented headquarters capacity to monitor affiliate offices in accordance with established program requirements and performance standards, including a description of monitoring practices and procedures. Clear description of collection and use of beneficiary feedback to improve performance. Evidence of sound process for ensuring corrective actions taken result in final program compliance. Description of trends observed, corrections achieved, and best practices shared.

f. Network Training (15 points) – Clear description of recent and proposed training events, including a specific description of how training effectiveness was or will be measured, particularly with regard to achievement of desired outcomes. Documented evidence of the link between monitoring results and training plans.

g. Financial Documentation (10 points) – Documented contributions of private resources to the R&P Program at headquarters. Detailed, accurate, and cost-effective headquarters budget.

2. PRM will conduct a formal competitive review of all eligible proposals submitted in response to this funding announcement. A review panel will evaluate submissions based on the above-referenced proposal evaluation criteria in the context of available funding. The panel will evaluate proposals to determine whether and to what extent the applicant's plan for refugee reception and placement meets the R&P Program's goals and objectives.

3. Department of State review panels may provide conditions and recommendations on applications to enhance the proposed program, which must be addressed by the applicant before further consideration of the award. To ensure effective use of limited PRM funds, conditions or recommendations may include requests to increase, decrease, clarify, and/or justify costs and program activities.

F. Federal Award Administration Information

1. Federal Award Administration. A successful applicant can expect to receive a separate notice from PRM stating that an application has been selected before PRM actually makes the federal award. That notice is not an authorization to begin performance. Only the notice of award signed by the grants officer is the authorizing document. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified following completion of the selection and award process.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. PRM awards are made consistent with the following provisions in the following order of precedence: (a) applicable laws and statutes of the United States, including any specific legislative provisions mandated in the statutory authority for the award; (b) Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); (c) Department of State Standard Terms and Conditions of the award; (d) the award’s specific requirements; and (e) other documents and attachments to the award.

Reporting

Successful applicants will be required to submit:

a) Program Reports: PRM requires program reports describing and analyzing the results of activities undertaken during the validity period of the agreement. A program report is required within thirty (30) days following the end of each three month period of performance during the validity period of the agreement. The final program report is due ninety (90) days following the end of the agreement. The submission dates for program reports will be written into the cooperative agreement.

The Performance Progress Report (SF-PPR) is a standard, government-wide performance reporting format. Recipients of PRM funding must submit the signed SF-PPR cover page with each program report.

b) Financial Reports: Financial reports are required within thirty (30) days following the end of each calendar year quarter during the validity period of the agreement (January 30th, April 30th, July 30th, October 30th). The final financial report covering the entire period of the agreement is required within ninety (90) days after the expiration date of the agreement. For agreements containing indirect costs, final financial reports are due within sixty (60) days of the finalization of the applicable negotiated indirect cost rate agreement (NICRA).

Reports reflecting expenditures for the recipient’s overseas and United States offices should be completed in accordance with the Federal Financial Report (FFR SF-425) and submitted electronically in the Department of Health and Human Services’ Payment Management System (HHS/PMS) and in accordance with other award specific requirements. Detailed information pertaining to the Federal Financial Report including due dates, instruction manuals and access forms, is provided on the HHS/PMS website.

G. PRM Contacts

Applicants with technical questions related to this announcement should contact the PRM staff listed below prior to proposal submission. Please note that responses to technical questions from PRM do not indicate a commitment to fund the program discussed.

PRM Program Officer: Kiera Berdinner at BerdinnerKR@state.gov or 202-453-9259.

 

Appendix A: Budget Guidance

The following provides guidance for the preparation of the national headquarters budget submission using the sample Excel format available at Grants.gov.

Note that in the sample summary format some basic program information is requested in addition to the summary budget figures (on two separate tabs in the sample Excel workbook). Budget information is required by quarter, and applicants should provide real quarterly budgets, factoring in special events such as conferences or training.

Applicants with current R&P Cooperative Agreements with the Bureau should include the FY 2016 estimated actual spending per line item and provide a rationale in the budget narrative supporting the difference between FY 2016 estimated expenditure and FY 2017 proposed amount.

Personnel and Fringe Benefits

This section of the budget should list individuals whose responsibility it is to oversee the provision of authorized R&P basic needs support and core services. Costs should include salaries and benefits of full-time and part-time program staff and administrative personnel associated with supervising the provision of R&P basic needs support and core services. Provide salary and Full-time Equivalent (FTE) for each individual. Fringe benefits should be provided as a single line item, representing total cost for all R&P staff listed. Personnel whose costs are included in an applicant's overhead base may not be included here.

If an employee works 100% of the time on the R&P Program, that employee should be listed as 1.0 FTE. If an employee works less than 100% of the time on the R&P Program, the FTE and funding level for the employee should be prorated appropriately. Applicants are reminded that any employee charged directly to the R&P Program must complete time sheets demonstrating that the claimed amount of time was actually devoted to working on the R&P Program versus other responsibilities.

Travel

This section of the budget should include travel costs related to the R&P Program for the purposes of attending allocations meetings, travel to affiliate offices to conduct R&P monitoring or training, and attending the applicant’s national R&P conferences, and relevant Bureau meetings. Relevant Bureau meetings are convened by the Bureau, and may include, but are not limited to, R&P Program meetings, workshops, and various working groups. Estimate no more than 20 relevant Bureau meetings. Travel costs for applicant advisory committee meetings and/or RCUSA meetings may not be included. No international travel costs may be included in this budget. Provide a brief description of the travel in the comments section (for example, number of trips for what purpose at a cost of $xx per trip). For each trip, include purpose of trip, departure and arrival cities, number of travelers, and duration of trip/number of days. Travel costs listed should include local taxi fares, POV mileage, airfares, per diem and lodging (when required for overnight trips).

Equipment/Furniture

This section of the budget should include equipment costs directly attributable to the R&P Program. Provide separate estimates for expendable and non-expendable equipment and furnishings, with explanation in the comments section. Non-expendable equipment is that which has a useful life of one year or more and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit.

Office Supplies

This section of the budget should include supply costs directly attributable to the R&P Program. Items listed in this section would include (as examples) stationery, copier paper, envelopes, paper clips, pens, pencils, file folders, or other small items generally used within one (1) year or less.

Professional Fees

This section of the budget should include contractual costs directly attributable to the R&P Program. Provide and delineate the information according to appropriate category (e.g. computer consultant, program consultants, services of certified public accountants, etc. whose work is directly related to R&P). Applicants are reminded that contracts not dedicated entirely to the R&P Program may not be charged to the program.

Space/Utilities

This section of the budget should include space and utilities costs directly attributable to the R&P Program. Provide estimated costs for such items as rental or lease of office space, telephone service, postage and courier service, electricity, heat, water, and custodial and maintenance services – all for the appropriate share of the applicant’s costs in these categories devoted to the R&P Program.

Other

This section of the budget should include costs directly attributable to the R&P Program not covered by any of the previous categories. Such costs must be individually itemized and explained. Some examples of costs that might appear in this section include subscriptions, briefing and orientation materials, and conference registrations.

Overhead

This section should include only those charges resulting from the application of a U.S. Government (U.S.G.) approved indirect cost rate to recover an appropriate portion of an applicant’s indirect costs. Applicants with an approved negotiated indirect cost rate should submit via PDF attachment a copy of the most recent approved U.S.G. negotiated indirect cost rate agreement to support the rate reflected in this category.

Applicants are reminded that headquarters costs not dedicated entirely to the R&P Program may not be charged to the program.


Appendix B: Abstract Completion Instructions

Successful applicants will be required to submit additional affiliate and sub-office contact information during the post-award process. Applicants will be required to inform the Bureau throughout the year of any address or leadership changes.

National Agency: The name of the national agency.

Affiliate Code: For existing affiliates and sub-offices, enter the PRM affiliate code assigned by the Refugee Processing Center.

Office State: The state in which the affiliate is located.

Office City: The city in which the affiliate is located; the same city as in the Address field below.

Office Name: The name of the office where R&P services are provided.

Office Address: The street address of the office where R&P services are provided and files maintained.

Joint Site: If the office operates as a joint site, provide the acronym of the other R&P agency or agencies that co-manage the office. Please consult with the co-managing agency or agencies to ensure that caseload and FTE statistics are well-coordinated and not double-counted. Information on abstracts for jointly-operated affiliates must reflect only the sponsoring agency’s activities; it should not represent a combination of partner agencies’ information.

Sub-Office: The abstract should clearly indicate whether the office is an administering office or sub-office and identify management relationships with administering or sub-offices. The Bureau defines a sub-office as an office where reception and placement services are provided and refugee case files are maintained during the reception and placement period with management oversight provided by a nearby affiliate office.

R&P Program Affiliate Staffing: Staff information should be expressed in full-time equivalents (FTE). A full-time equivalent is determined by adding the number of hours each person devotes to R&P activities each week and dividing by 40. Thus, if four people each devote five hours per week to R&P, the resulting FTE is 0.5. Provide information for FY 2016 and FY 2017.

R&P FTE Paid by R&P: The number of FTEs working on R&P who are paid from R&P funds (calculated according to example above).

R&P FTE Paid by Other (not including volunteers): The number of FTEs working on R&P who are paid from other (normally private) funding sources. Do not include unpaid volunteers.

Total Client/FTE Ratio: The ratio of the projected number of arrivals for FY 2016 and for FY 2017 to the number of FTEs working on R&P.

Caseload Statistics: Provide statistics for the number of individuals according to the following instructions. The regional categories for FY 2017 are defined as: AF-Africa; EA-East Asia; ECA-Europe and Central Asia; LAC-Latin America and the Caribbean; and NE/SA-Near East/South Asia.

FY 2015 Actual Arrivals: If the affiliate was a participant in the FY 2015 R&P Program, provide the final number of actual arrivals to the affiliate in FY 2015. The number of arrivals may not necessarily match the capacity acknowledged for FY 2015.

FY 2016 Acknowledged Capacity: If the affiliate was a participant in the FY 2016 R&P Program, provide the capacity acknowledged by PRM as of the date this proposal is submitted.

FY 2016 Anticipated Arrivals: Provide the total number of actual arrivals projected for the entirety of the fiscal year. The number projected is not necessarily the number proposed or capacity acknowledged last year.

FY 2017 Proposed Capacity: The affiliate’s proposed arrivals based on the community’s ability to resettle refugees. Include SIVs in the NE/SA numbers.

FY 2015 R&P Period Report Outcomes

Total R&P Period Reports Submitted for FY 2015: State the total number (noting both cases and individuals) of R&P period reports submitted.

R&P Period Employment: State the percentage and number (expressed as a fraction – employed over employable) of refugees who were employed at the end of the R&P period.

R&P Period Out-Migration: State the percentage and number (expressed as a fraction – out-migrated over arrived) of refugees who out-migrated from this site.

R&P Period Basic Needs and Core Services Provided: State the percentage and number (expressed as a fraction) of cases who received all basic needs and core services in accordance with the Cooperative Agreement.

R&P Period Household Income Exceeds Expenses: State the percentage and number (expressed as a fraction) of cases whose household income exceed their expenses as of the end of the R&P period.

Recent R&P Monitoring Outcomes

Date of most recent PRM monitoring visit: State the date (month and year) of the most recent PRM monitoring visit at this site.

Compliance Rating: State the compliance rating as listed in the final monitoring report issued subsequent to the most recent PRM monitoring visit.

Date of most recent Resettlement Agency headquarters monitoring visit (R&P): State the date (month and year) of the most recent Resettlement Agency headquarters monitoring visit (for the R&P Program).

Compliance Rating: State the compliance rating (for the R&P Program) as listed in the monitoring report issued subsequent to the most recent Resettlement Agency headquarters monitoring visit.

Recent/Proposed Caseload:

Nationalities served in FY 2015 and FY 2016: List all nationalities served by the affiliate in FY 2015 and FY 2016.

Proposed nationalities to be served at this location in FY 2017: List any nationalities to be served by the affiliate in FY 2017.

Languages available on staff to support the proposed caseload: List languages spoken by affiliate staff. Only include those languages spoken by the proposed caseload.

Languages available from within the community of resettlement to support the proposed caseload: List languages for which interpretation may be reasonably provided from within the community of resettlement. Only include those languages spoken by the proposed caseload.

Other language resources used: List other language resources (such as telephonic resources) used by the affiliate, as well as how frequently and under what circumstances these resources are used.

Site Rationale:

Number of other affiliates present: Note the number of other affiliates located in the same metro area (i.e., affiliates which serve the same general placement area). Do not include the names of other affiliates.

Local overall unemployment rate: Note the local overall unemployment rate for the area.

Available jobs for refugees: List the types of jobs and/or fields where refugees most commonly found employment in FY 2015 and FY 2016.

Average starting wage for refugees: Note the average starting wage or range refugees earned in FY 2015 and FY 2016. Note whether jobs were full-time or part-time, and whether they offered benefits.

Average monthly rent and availability: Note the average monthly rent for 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom housing. For each, note whether such housing is always, frequently, sometimes, or never available.

Grievance and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Policy

• Indicate whether the affiliate has a grievance policy.

• Indicate whether the affiliate has incorporated the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s six core principles for PSEA into the organization’s code of conduct for all staff and volunteers.

Instructions: Please number each response and include the question topic in bold. The questions below should not be repeated in your response.

1. Health Care Access and Refugees with Special Needs: Within the caseload you propose to resettle in FY 2017, list any conditions that, generally speaking, you are unable to accommodate (i.e., medical conditions, case composition or size, special need, etc). For each type of condition you list, briefly explain this location’s service limitations.

2. Community Engagement: Give two examples of results achieved through implementation of your FY 2016 community engagement strategy. Describe your FY 2017 community engagement strategy and the results you expect to achieve (for example: six speaking engagements will result in increased contributions/ volunteers/support/awareness for the R&P Program). Describe how you will assess the results to determine the success of your strategy.

3. Financial Resources: Enumerate in the chart below the financial contributions from all sources developed by the affiliate in FY 2015 and FY 2016, and proposed for FY 2017 to support the R&P Program. Information on Abstracts for jointly-operated affiliates must reflect only the applicant agency’s activities; it should not represent a combination of partner agencies’ information. Include only those resources to be used for R&P activities. Name sources of funding from state, county, or local government. To calculate the per capita total, use actual arrivals for FY 2015, acknowledged capacity for FY 2016, and proposed capacity for FY 2017. Note, other public funding (federal or state) may not supplant or comingle with R&P funds.

Projected Contributions to the R&P Program

Type of Donor

FY 2015 Actual Cash

FY 2015 Actual In-kind Value

FY 2016 Estimated Cash

FY 2016 Estimated

In-kind Value

FY 2017 Projected Cash

FY 2017 Projected In-kind Value

Foundations/ Corporations

 

 

 

 

 

 

Faith-based/ Community-based Organizations

 

 

       

Fees for Service

 

 

       

Individuals

 

 

       

Volunteer Hours/Miles

 

 

       

State/County/Local Government:[SOURCE]

 

 

       

Headquarters

 

 

       

Affiliate/Sub-office

 

 

       

Other:

 

 

       

TOTALS

 

 

       

TOTALS PER CAPITA

 

 

       

 

Appendix C: URM Abstract Completion Instructions

For agencies that hold contracts with states funded through Office of Refugee Resettlement to provide foster care services to unaccompanied refugee minors (URM) from overseas placements.

Successful applicants will be required to submit additional affiliate and sub-office contact information during the post-award process. Applicants will be required to inform the Bureau throughout the year of any address or leadership changes.

National Agency: The name of the national agency.

Affiliate Code: For existing affiliates and sub-offices, enter the PRM affiliate code assigned by the Refugee Processing Center.

Office State: The state in which the affiliate is located.

Office City: The city in which the affiliate is located; the same city as in the address field below.

Office Name: The name of the office where URM services are provided.

Office Address: The street address of the office where URM services are provided and files maintained.

Joint Site: If the office operates as a joint site, provide the acronym of the other R&P agency or agencies that co-manage the office. Please consult with the co-managing agency or agencies to ensure that caseload statistics are well-coordinated and not double-counted. Information on abstracts for jointly-operated affiliates must reflect only the sponsoring agency’s activities; it should not represent a combination of partner agencies’ information.

Sub-Office: The abstract should clearly indicate whether the office is an administering office or sub-office and identify management relationships with administering or sub-offices. The Bureau defines a sub-office as an office where reception and placement services are provided and refugee case files are maintained during the reception and placement period with management oversight provided by a nearby affiliate office.

Caseload Statistics: Provide statistics for the number of individuals according to the following instructions. The regional categories are defined as: AF-Africa; EA-East Asia; ECA-Europe and Central Asia; LAC-Latin America and the Caribbean; and NE/SA-Near East and South Asia.

FY 2015 Actual Arrivals: If the affiliate was a participant in the FY 2015 R&P Program, provide the final number of actual arrivals to the affiliate in FY 2015. The number of arrivals may not necessarily match the capacity acknowledged for FY 2015.

FY 2016 Acknowledged Capacity: If the affiliate was a participant in the FY 2016 R&P Program, provide the capacity acknowledged by PRM as of the date this proposal is submitted.

FY 2016 Anticipated Arrivals: Provide the total number of actual arrivals projected for the entirety of the fiscal year. The number projected is not necessarily the number proposed or capacity acknowledged last year.

FY 2017 Proposed Capacity: The affiliate’s proposed arrivals.

Recent/Proposed Caseload:

Nationalities served in FY 2015 and FY 2016: List all nationalities served by the affiliate in FY 2015 and FY 2016.

Proposed nationalities to be served at this location in FY 2017: List any nationalities to be served by the affiliate in FY 2017.

Languages available on staff to support the proposed caseload: List languages spoken by affiliate staff. Only include those languages spoken by the proposed caseload.

Languages available from within the community of resettlement to support the proposed caseload: List languages for which interpretation may be reasonably provided from within the community of resettlement. Only include those languages spoken by the proposed caseload.

Other language resources used (note frequency and general circumstances of use): List other language resources (such as telephonic resources) used by the affiliate, as well as how frequently and under what circumstances these resources are used.

Grievance and Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Policy

• Indicate whether the affiliate has a grievance policy.

• Indicate whether the affiliate has incorporated the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s six core principles for PSEA into the organization’s code of conduct for all staff and volunteers.

Instructions: Please number each response and include the question topic in bold. The questions below should not be repeated in your response.

1. Site Rationale: For existing or proposed sites, briefly describe why the community is an optimal location for resettling unaccompanied refugee minors. Include an assessment of overall community, resettlement services, and linkages for URMs after emancipation. Provide the approximate population of the city or metro area and a description of refugee and other immigrant communities in the area. If the site expects to resettle refugees from nationalities/ethnicities new to the resettlement location, please provide an assessment of the site’s ability to resettle the anticipated new populations.

2. Health Care Access and Refugees with Special Needs: Within the caseload you propose to resettle in FY 2017, list any conditions that, generally speaking, you are unable to accommodate (i.e., medical conditions, special needs, etc). For each type of condition you list, briefly explain this location’s service limitations.

3. Foster Care: Briefly describe how foster care families are selected, trained, and supported.

4. Placement Options: Briefly describe the range of placement options available to minors.

5. Physical Presence: Briefly describe the physical presence requirements in order for guardianship/conservatorship to be established for the minor.

6. Minors Close to 18 Years of Age: Of the capacity proposed for refugee minors from overseas, what is the affiliate’s ability to receive minors within six months of their 18th birthday?

7. Major/Minor Cases: Briefly describe the affiliate’s ability to serve major/minor cases.