Grants will support citizenship preparation services for lawful permanent residents
On July 25, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for two competitive funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. Both funding opportunities aim to prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. Through these two funding opportunities, USCIS will offer up to $10 million in competitive funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Applications are due by August 6, 2017. Find out how to apply.
About the Citizenship and Assimilation Grants
The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has been a part of a multifaceted effort to provide citizenship preparation resources, support, and information to immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations since 2009.
The program has awarded a total of $63 million through 308 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The program has helped more than 170,000 permanent residents prepare for U.S. citizenship.
Citizenship instruction grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations that are local in scope and service delivery area and that have recent experience providing English as a second language (ESL) instruction in a classroom setting that follows a curriculum. They include faith-based groups, and community and literacy organizations.
Citizenship instruction and naturalization application services grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to eligible permanent residents. They include public school systems, public libraries, community and faith-based groups, adult education organizations, and literacy organizations.
In September 2016, USCIS announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants under two competitive funding opportunities to 46 organizations in 21 states to help permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship.
The first grant opportunity supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization legal services. The second opportunity, new this year, will support citizenship education programs at eligible community-based organizations, with no requirement to provide naturalization legal services. The second opportunity sought 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 USCIS.
Program in Action
See photos of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program.