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Refugee Children

Refugee Children School Impact

The Missouri Department of Social Services in collaboration with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requested funds from the US Department of Health and Human Services to make grants to refugee highly populated local educational agencies of Missouri. School projects assist refugees in obtaining the skills needed for economic self-sufficiency and language proficiency. The focus also includes various social, health and educational services. Awards for this program are not only based on the high numbers, but also on the adequate documentation of needs and the strength of the program’s proposed services.

Refugee is defined by the Office of Refugee Resettlement as:

“… any person who is outside any country of such person’s nationality or, in the case of a person having no nationality, is outside any country in which such person last habitually resided, and who is unable or unwilling to return to, and is unable or unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of, that country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.”

Refugee School Impact Grant

Budget Period:  October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017

Award Amount: $286,168

Below is a list of the Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) eligible for the 2016-2017 Refugee grant year and the maximum amount the LEAs are eligible to apply.  The grant application must be postmarked by Friday, September 23, 2016.


LEA Name


Kansas City 33
St. Louis City
North Kansas City 74
Columbia 93

The amounts presented here are only an estimate.  The LEA is not authorized to expend Refugee funds in the 2016-17 year without an approved application.  That authority will be given after negotiations have been completed and a starting date is designated.