To ensure a safe and caring environment for children and youth
The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) created the Refugee School Impact Grant (RSIG) in 1998. The purpose of the grant is to provide support to local school systems that are affected by significant numbers of refugee children. For an overview of this program, see the following:
For Federal Fiscal Years 2011-2012, there were 36 states that were awarded Refugee School Impact Grants including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
For more information on each state's RSIG program, check out the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's State Programs Annual Overview, which provides detailed information on RSIG (and other programs) by state.
Each of these states subgrants with local school districts, refugee resettlement agencies, and community based organizations and there are approximately 190 RSIG funded programs operating at the local level. For more information on what these local programs are doing, check out BRYCS' Promising Practices map. This map has descriptions of over 100 programs serving refugee children throughout the U.S., many of which are funded by Refugee School Impact Grants. If you would like to specifically read about RSIG funded programs, choose "Refugee School Impact Grant" under "Search by topic."
BRYCS is the national technical assistance provider for Refugee School Impact Grantees and facilitates communication and collaboration among members of the RSIG network. BRYCS provides outreach, consultations, training, resources, quarterly national RSIG teleconferences, and more for members of the RSIG network. BRYCS primarily communicates with grantees via email and has an RSIG mailing list for this purpose. If you are not receiving RSIG related emails and believe you should be on this mailing list, email email@example.com to be added.
Recordings of Quarterly Teleconferences: