Opportunities for Funding

Notice of Funding Opportunities


Updated March 27, 2024

Notice of Funding for DSHS ORIA Career Laddering for Educated and/or Vocationally Experienced Refugees (CLEVER)

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) is seeking qualified organizations to submit competitive proposals to assist eligible refugees and immigrants to re-enter their previous career field through professional case management, educational case management or other services as proposed in the application. ORIA is seeking qualified applicants that have demonstrated success in the proposed services and in employment services as well as applicants that have the capacity to provide services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications for high quality, innovative Career Re-Entry Services to eligible refugees and humanitarian immigrants (for detailed eligibility information, please refer to the RFA documents). The total funding anticipated for this statewide program during State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2025 will be limited to a total of $1,000,000. Award amounts will be limited to $175,000 per provider.

The application deadline is April 18th at 5:00 pm PST. Questions regarding this application may be sent to clever-ORIA@dshs.wa.gov.

For more information, please refer to the application documents linked below. 

Updated on March 27, 2024 

New Information 

On March 19, 2024, ORIA hosted a informational session. Here are the slides used during that session.

ORIA has compiled a list of all questions received.  Please review the Question and Answers.  

 

 


Updated August 25, 2023

Notice of Funding for DSHS ORIA Early Refugee School Impact Services (Birth to Five)

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ (DSHS) Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance (ORIA) is seeking qualified organizations to submit competitive proposals to assist eligible children and families across the birth-to-kindergarten continuum. The Early Refugee School Impact (RSI) Program’s goals are 1) to support families of young children as they navigate daycare and preschool systems, 2) to ensure young children are prepared to succeed in formal schooling, and 3) to support parents through engagement activities. 

ORIA is seeking qualified applicants that have demonstrated success in the proposed services and the capacity to provide services that are culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate. This is the launch of the Early RSI program, and the first year will serve as a pilot. ORIA intends to award up to five contracts ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 for individual organizations, and up to $300,000 for organizations applying as a consortium. ORIA anticipates its contracts to reach statewide covering a diverse range of geographic and ethnic communities in Washington state.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., September 28, 2023. Questions regarding this application may be sent to EarlyRSI@dshs.wa.gov

For more information, please refer to the application documents linked below. 


​Updated August 2, 2023

Request for Applications for DSHS ORIA Promoting Refugee Integration, Mobility, Empowerment (PRIME) Services 

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance is seeking qualified contractors to submit competitive proposals to support clients through ORIA's Promoting Refugee Integration, Mobility and Empowerment (PRIME) program. PRIME services promote integration into new communities; increase mobility by independently navigating community systems/resources; and empower people to rebuild their lives through information and knowledge. 

The purpose of this Request for Applications (RFA) is to solicit applications for high quality, innovative PRIME Services to eligible refugees and humanitarian immigrants (for detailed eligibility information, please refer to the RFA documents).

For this application, PRIME Services include Case Management, Short-Term Services (light touch client services), Self-Sufficiency Educational Workshops and Peer Support Groups. ORIA is also interested in new and innovative services that positively contribute to new arrivals’ success in becoming self-sufficient. Note: PRIME services will no longer include immigration-related services and may not duplicate services offered through other ORIA-funded programs. Qualified applicants must have the capacity to provide services that are culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate. 

DSHS intends to award multiple contracts statewide covering a diverse range of geographic and ethnic communities in Washington State.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Aug. 11, 2023.

Please review questions submitted and answered for this request for applications:  Question and Answer document.

For more information, please refer to the application documents linked below: 


Updates July 19, 2023

Request for Applications for DSHS ORIA Immigration-Related Legal Services

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Office of Refugee and Immigrant Assistance is seeking qualified contractors to submit competitive proposals to support client-services that would assist eligible refugees and humanitarian immigrants in navigating U.S. immigration systems to gain Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card) status and valid Employment Authorization Documents and to provide immigration case management and educational assistance for individuals and families.

The purpose of this Request for Applications is to solicit applications for high quality, immigration services for eligible refugees and humanitarian immigrants.

For this application, immigration-related legal services are limited to assisting with applications to register permanent residence or adjust status, Employment Authorization Documents and immigration assistance specific to refugees. This application excludes immigration-related legal services provided to Afghan and Ukrainian humanitarian parolees. Specific legal services for Afghan and Ukrainian humanitarian parolees are covered under separate RFA processes and client-services contracts.  Qualified applicants must have the capacity to provide services that are culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate.

DSHS intends to award multiple contracts statewide covering a diverse range of geographic and ethnic communities in Washington State.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Aug. 7, 2023

Please review questions submitted and answered for this request for applications:  Question and Answer - IRLS RFA.

For more information, please refer to the application documents linked below. 


 

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