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
- Health and medical
- English language training
- Social adjustment and other services
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.
- Church World Service/Immigration and Refugee Program, New York NY Visit disclaimer page
- Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of the Protestant Episcopal Church of the U.S.A., New York, NY Visit disclaimer page
- Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc./Refugee Resettlement Program, Arlington VA Visit disclaimer page
- HIAS, Inc. (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society)/Refugee and Immigrant Services, New York NY Visit disclaimer page
- International Rescue Committee/Resettlement, New York NY Visit disclaimer page
- Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Baltimore MD Visit disclaimer page
- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington DC Visit disclaimer page
- U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Arlington VA Visit disclaimer page
- World Relief Corporation of National Association of Evangelicals/Refugee & Immigration Programs, Baltimore MD Visit disclaimer page
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 $2,600 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.