U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offers two competitive grants, totaling up to $10 million, for organizations working with immigrants preparing for naturalization and to promote civic assimilation. The grant opportunities, funded under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program, are geared toward organizations assisting lawful permanent residents (LPRs) with improving English-language skills and increasing their knowledge of U.S. history.
The grants are intended to expand access to high-quality citizenship preparation services in communities across the country. Specifically, USCIS plans to award grants going to organizations offering either or these two opportunities:
- Citizenship instruction and naturalization application services: This grant opportunity funds up to 36 organizations offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents.
- Citizenship instruction only: This grant assists non-profit organizations in their establishment of new citizenship instruction programs or expanding the quality and reach of existing citizenship instruction programs. We expect to award up to 10 non-profit organizations through this opportunity. In doing so, we want to encourage the expansion of the existing field of citizenship instruction programs, particularly those offered by small community-based organizations that have not previously received a grant from us.
“USCIS wants to expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services throughout the country with these two opportunities,” according to the agency release.
The deadline for the grants is August 6. The agency reports an expectation of a September announcement of all 46 award recipients.
USCIS began the grant program in 2009. Since then, the agency has awarded 308 grants with approximately $63 million to organizations providing citizenship preparation services. Through these organizations, USCIS has reached more than 170,000 permanent residents in 37 states and the District of Columbia.
Officials with organizations interested in applying for the grants should visit grants.gov. Additional information on the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program for the fiscal year 2017 is located at uscis.gov/grants or through an email inquiry at the USCIS Office of Citizenship at firstname.lastname@example.org.