Welcoming our new Afghan neighbors will take an all-hands-on deck approach, and community leaders and organizations across the country are stepping up to fill the diverse set of needs -- housing, transportation, employment, legal, education, English language training, community orientation and integration, wellness, and many other aspects of resettlement and inclusion. Afghan, diaspora, veteran, faith-based, and community organizations are working creatively to tap the outpouring of support from their fellow community members.
Following their first round of grants to address immediate housing and relocation needs, the Welcome Fund launches its first round of request for proposals (RFP), which will commit at least $3 million dollars to support innovative community-based work that broadens community participation in resettlement. This RFP is for national, regional, and local efforts, outside of the resettlement agencies/affiliates, that are engaging community members to address the needs of Afghan newcomers.
The Fund will provide general operating grants to efforts that:
Operate in a U.S. community that will receive Afghan newcomers (defined as including Afghan refugees, parolees, SIVs, or evacuees).
Led by a 501(c)(3) organization or have a fiscal sponsor.
Are willing to participate in 3 facilitated peer learning and information meetings with Welcome.US and engage in the Welcome Fund community listserv.
Engage and broaden involvement of community members to address the needs of Afghan newcomers
Track impact and report results to the Welcome Fund.
The Welcome Fund will accept proposals until 5pm EST January 21, 2022. Awardees will be notified on a rolling basis through February/March 2022. We hope to launch a second round in spring 2022.
Click here for more information and to apply.