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Refugee School Impact (RSI) Program

What is the RSI program?

The RSI program is a voluntary, federally funded, grant program for those Local Education Agencies (LEAs) who welcome a significant number of students with refugee status. Funded by the federal Office of Refugee and Resettlement (ORR), Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) in coordination with Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) sub-contract with qualifying institutions to support:

  • Specialized services and support of eligible youth;
  • Support for families learning to navigate the U.S. education system; and
  • Capacity development for school systems, including education and training for staff around the unique and varied needs of refugees, and access to necessary resources.

For more specifics about RSI allowable expenditures, please visit ORR’s RSI Program webpage or read ORR’s Policy Letter 22-07.

Who is eligible?

The RSI program supports Indiana students with refugee status between the ages of birth until 18 years old, or those 18 and older who are enrolled in high school or a high school equivalent GED program. RSI program services focus on new arrivals and those who have been in the U.S. five years or less and continue to face integration and academic challenges. Both youth and their families may receive services from the RSI program.

All LEAs with refugee-background students are encouraged to report their refugee-status student numbers. However, because the RSI program funding is limited, IDOE is obligated to ensure allocations go to areas with the greatest need and where it can have the greatest impact.

For more information on how ORR defines refugee and eligibility of services, please read ORR’s policy letter 16-01.

Active Grant and Timelines

RSI GrantRefugee student count deadlineApplication deadlineAmendment DeadlineEncumbrance DeadlineReimbursement Request DeadlineLiquidation DeadlineFinancial End Report Deadline
RSIG 2021-2022October 15, 2021December 17, 2022September 15, 2023September 30, 2023December 15, 2023December 31, 2023December 31, 2023
Afghan Refugee School Impact Grant (ARSIG)----September 15, 2023September 30, 2023December 15, 2023December 31, 2023December 31, 2023
ARSIG Support to Schools (S2S) Grant----September 15, 2023September 30, 2023December 15, 2023December 31, 2023December 31, 2023

Semi-annual Reporting Deadlines for Subgrantees:
Reporting PeriodDeadline
October 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023Friday, May 5, 2023
Apr 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023Friday, Oct 27, 2023
Semi-annual Reporting SubmissionUse this submission form for all RSIG, ARSIG, and S2S grants

RSI Grant Materials

For more information about RSIG, visit the English Learning Community Moodle. Log-in to Moodle using the LINK Portal.