Citizenship and Integration Grants Deadline Nears

Citizenship Grant USCISThe opportunity for organizations focused around immigration efforts to apply for grant funds from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) closes April 22. The two types of grants, valued at $10 million in total, are geared specifically toward immigrant assimilation and naturalization instruction.

The Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, administered by USCIS, is designed to assist those organizations that “prepare permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics,” according to the agency. The competitive funding opportunity is available to public and nonprofit organizations offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.

Applicants, which could include entities like public school systems, universities and community colleges as well as civic, community and faith-based organizations and other similar organizations, are traditional types of institutions offering immigration services eligible for grant funding. State and local governments are also eligible to apply for support of any programs offered.

Specific services grant recipient organizations offer include preparation for the naturalization interview as well as assistance in filing form or documents like Form N-648 or Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions.

The first grant, Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services -DHS-16-CIS-010-002, is for those public or nonprofit organizations that work to prepare permanent residents for citizenship with both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.

The second grant, Citizenship Instruction – DHS-16-CIS-010-001, is limited to those organizations offering citizenship instruction only. The grant is designed to assist nonprofit organizations in efforts in establishing new citizenship instruction programs or to expand the quality and reach of existing ones.

Among the services organizations might provide to immigrants is interview preparation, which could include things like appearance at the naturalization interview. Assistance in filing forms or documents like Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions could be another element of service provided by an organization.

Application packages for Notices of Funding Opportunity can be downloaded at www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html. More information about the grant program and how to apply is also visit uscis.gov/grants or through email at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov.