DFC, Refugee Self-Help, and YouthBuild RFPs Out


Federal grant season is well underway with the release this past week of three more major RFPs. Need help? When it comes to the arduous task of grant-writing, who doesn’t?

Youth Catalytics maintains a robust and highly successful grant-writing and -reviewing service. We have more than 30 years of experience working with federal agencies on youth-related programs, both as grantees and as a technical assistance provider to grantees. We’re experts in understanding federal RFPs, assessing your “fit” for a grant program, and writing or strengthening your proposal. As grant season progresses, our schedule will fill up quickly, so don’t wait to contact us for help. Email Sharon Vardatira (phone: 413 687-1006).

Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program Grants
150 awards projected to be made,$125,000/award cap 
Deadline: March 22

The DFC Program has two goals:

  1.  Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, and federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance use among youth.
  2. Reduce substance use among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. For the purposes of this RFA, “youth” is defined as individuals 18 years of age and younger.

Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Refugee Resettlement
Ethnic Community Self-Help Program Grants
15 awards to be made, between $100,000 and $250,000
Deadline: March 22

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) invites refugee ethnic-community based organizations as well as refugee ethnic organizations that are faith-based to submit competitive grant applications for funding of the Ethnic Community Self-Help Program to provide services to newly arrived refugees. The objective of this program is to strengthen organized ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations to ensure ongoing support and services to refugees within five years after initial resettlement. The populations targeted for services and benefits in the application must represent refugee communities which have arrived in the U.S. within the last five years (no earlier than 2008). Applicants should view these resources as a temporary augmentation of funds to meet emerging organizational and other needs of the arriving populations and should plan to move toward non-ORR funding sources beyond the project period.

Department of Labor
Employment and Training Administration
YouthBuild Grants
75 grants to be made, award ceiling of $1.1M (no award floor posted)
Deadline: March 19

Under this solicitation, DOL will award grants to organizations to oversee the provision of education, occupational skills training, and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities while performing meaningful work and service to their communities. Based on their estimate of FY 2013 funding, DOL hopes to serve approximately 5,200 participants during the grant period of performance, with projects operating in approximately 75 communities across the country.


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