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Immigrants Prepare for Citizenship and Naturalization

Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program: Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Conf. Date:

07/05/22

Deadline Date:

08/05/22 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, government agencies, Tribal governments, and school districts to prepare immigrants for citizenship. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended to support the provision of citizenship instruction services and naturalization application services. Partnerships are encouraged.

On June 27, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting applications for four competitive funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. Through these four opportunities, USCIS will offer competitive funding for organizations that help prepare immigrants for naturalization and promote civic integration through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.

Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services

The first opportunity is for public or nonprofit organizations that prepare immigrants for citizenship by offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.

Proposed services must include the following two components:

    A. Citizenship Instruction Services:

    Educational services that provide enrolled immigrants with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for citizenship, including instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), U.S. history and government, and the naturalization process. 

    B. Naturalization Application Services:

    Within the scope of the authorized practice of immigration law, grant recipients must assist qualified program participants in preparing and submitting Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, preparing for the naturalization interview, and providing ongoing case management as needed.

Organizations may also use grant funding to:

  • Have an accredited representative or licensed attorney appear with clients at the naturalization interview; and
  • File other naturalization-related forms or documents (such as Form N-648, Medical Certification for Disability Exceptions), if applicable.

For detailed information on the two mandatory program components, see Section C.2 on page 5 of the NOFO in Attached Files below as well as the "Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services" section of the URL for Full Text below. 

For Allowable Costs, see page 17 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128188

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$13,800,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 50

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Grant Award: Maximum grant award is $300,000 ($150,000 for the first year and $150,000 for the second year)

Term of Contract:

Performance Period: Two years (comprising two budget periods, each lasting one year)
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 10/01/2022
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 09/30/2024

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities include:
- City or township governments;
- County governments;
- Independent school districts;
- Native American tribal governments;
- Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than institutions of higher education;
- Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education;
- Special district governments; and
- State governments.

To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet the below requirements:
- Applicants must be an organization with public or non-profit status; and
- The applicant or sub-applicant must have at least one year of experience in the past three years providing direct service citizenship instruction in a classroom setting that follows a curriculum and uses a citizenship textbook.
- The applicant or sub-applicant must have at least one year of experience in the past three years providing naturalization application services within the authorized practice of immigration law to clients, and must:
- Be recognized by the DOJ and employ at least one DOJ-accredited representative employee (partial accreditation is acceptable) with experience providing clients with naturalization representation; or
- Have at least one attorney on staff as a paid employee with experience in providing clients with naturalization representation.

Not Eligible
Organizations are not eligible to receive funding under this opportunity if they are:
- A for-profit law firm or attorney in private practice;
- A current awardee or sub-awardee under the FY 2021 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (funding opportunities DHS-21-CIS-010-003 and DHS-21-CIS-010-002); or
- Sub-applicants to the Regional Hub Grant (DHS-22-CIS-010-001).

Grant funds may not be used for the following purposes:
a. Cost-sharing or matching funds for other federal grants, lobbying, or intervention in federal regulatory or adjudicatory proceedings. In addition, federal funds may not be used to sue the federal government or any other government entity.
b. USCIS application fees.
c. Costs of organized fundraising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions.
d. Profit/Fee is not allowable except when subcontracting for routine goods and services with commercial organizations.
e. Foreign travel.
f. Construction costs and purchase of real property under this funding opportunity.
g. Pre-award costs.
h. Funding for direct reimbursement of proposal development.
i. Costs for food or refreshments.
j. Incentive items or gift cards.
k. General volunteer stipends.
l. Living allowances for any national volunteer service program participants.
m. Fees for conferences that are not considered training events

Pre-proposal Conference:

Stakeholder engagements will be held on June 27, 2022, and July 5, 2022, to address questions about this grant opportunity. An invitation to the engagements will be forthcoming.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: August 5, 2022 at 11:59PM EST (no extensions)
Anticipated Award Date: September 2022

Suggested Deadline for Completion
- Obtaining UEI Number Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Obtaining a valid EIN Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Updating SAM registration Four weeks before actual submission deadline
- Starting application in Grants.gov One week before actual submission deadline

All entities wishing to do business with the federal government must have a unique entity identifier (UEI). Entities that have done business with the government can obtain their UEI by following the steps at https://www.fsd.gov/gsafsd_sp?id=kb_article_view&sysparm_article=KB0041254&sys_kb_id=875189f21bee8d54937fa64ce54bcbaa&spa=1. Entities that have not done business with the federal government may request a UEI via the System for Award Management (SAM) web page at: https://sam.gov/content/entity-registration. Receiving a UEI take 1-2 business days

Grants.gov registration information can be found at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html. Detailed information regarding UEI and SAM is also provided in Section D of the NOFO.

There is a minimum cost share requirement for this program of 10% of the total requested funding amount. For further information, see page 10 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=341430

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For additional information and updates on the FY 2022 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, visit https://www.uscis.gov/grants or email the USCIS Office of Citizenship at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov.

USCIS Program Office (Office of Citizenship):
- Send all questions to citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov.
- USCIS Office of Citizenship staff will respond within five business days.

DHS Grants Office: Send all questions to the Grants Officer at CISMailbox@hq.dhs.gov

For a hard copy of the full NOFO, please write or fax a request to:
Jacqueline Greely
Grants Officer
CISMailbox@hq.dhs.gov
Fax: 202-447-5600

If you use assistive technology and are unable to access any materials on Grants.gov, please email the Support Center at support@grants.gov.

Applications will be processed through the Grants.gov portal. If you experience difficulties accessing information or have any questions, please call 1-800-518-4726.

CFDA Number:

97.010

Funding or Pin Number:

DHS-22-CIS-010-002

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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