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 2016-2017, there were 38 states that were awarded Refugee School Impact Grants. 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 the awarded states subgrants with local school districts, refugee resettlement agencies, and community based organizations. 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.”

From 2009-2012, BRYCS served as the national technical assistance provider for Refugee School Impact Grantees, facilitating communication and collaboration among members of the RSIG network.

If you are currently an RSIG coordinator and have questions or concerns regarding the program or funding, please contact the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Archived Recordings of Quarterly Teleconferences: