Ethnic Community Self-Help Program


This program supports ethnic community based organizations to provide refugee populations with critical services to help them become integrated members of American society. Services include providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services and promoting community building and civic participation among refugee individuals and families.

The program includes specific priorities for projects that provide services to encourage social and economic integration for refugee women and youth support focused on college preparation and after-school activities.

  • State governments
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Nonprofits (other than institutions of higher education)
  • Private institutions of higher education
Role In Creative Placemaking

These funds could be used for culturally centered projects or programs that foster community engagement and participation among members of refugee communities, provide shared cultural experiences in targeted communities, and support creative expression of shared identity among community youth.




Burmese American Community Institute – Indianapolis, IN

Association of Africans Living in Vermont – Burlington, VT

Role in Creative Placemaking

This section represents our attempt to capture how this specific funding opportunity might fit into a placemaking initiative.


Who can apply? Eligibility is often limited, but in partnership with other entities you may identify an access point, such as subgrant opportunities. This information can help you determine which potential partners in your community might be able to access the funds.

Previous Projects/Grantees

These examples show how these funds have been used for creative or placemaking endeavors in the past, the types of organizations that have successfully accessed the funds and/or the types of activities for which the funds can be used.

Max Award

Maximum funding amounts can vary from year to year. We have provided the most recent information available. Where available, we also include a median or a range in cases in which the maximum is not typical of an average award.

Match Requirement

Most federal programs require some form of cost sharing. This is expressed differently for different agencies and programs. Sometimes a direct 1:1 match is specified. Other times, the application will state the maximum percentage of a project cost that the funding award can cover. We include this information, where available, in order to give you a sense of what to expect when applying for a particular funding program.


Most federal funding programs will require financial and progress reports at least annually, along with a final report. We consider this to be a "moderate" compliance burden. Where a higher degree of data collection and reporting is indicated, we convey that information with a "substantial" rating.