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to Provide Services to Vulnerable Immigrants

Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program: Community and Regional Integration Network Grant (CARING)

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, Tribes, and IHEs to provide services to vulnerable immigrants. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. The purpose of this program is to assist the following populations: immigrants who were admitted or entered the United States as refugees, asylees, Cuban or Haitian entrants; individuals admitted on a Special Immigrant Visa; victims of human trafficking and criminal activity; and abused spouses, children, and parents under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Partnerships are encouraged to ensure that the largest array of integration services is available to participants.

OoC is charged with promoting instruction and training on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. USCIS recognizes that naturalization is a key milestone in the civic integration of immigrants. Naturalization requirements, such as knowledge of English and U.S. history and government, encourage civic learning and build a strong foundation upon which immigrants can fully integrate into society. Through preparing for naturalization, immigrants gain tools to become successful citizens and meet their responsibilities as United States citizens.

Certain immigrants, such as those who entered the United States through USCIS’ humanitarian programs, may experience unique challenges with civic, linguistic, economic, cultural, and institutional integration when resettling in the United States, which may impact their progress toward full civic integration. It is critical to provide vulnerable immigrant populations with opportunities to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to fully integrate into American society.

The goal of the Community and Regional Integration Network Grant (CARING) funding opportunity is to support organizations providing extended integration services to vulnerable immigrant populations. These integration services build upon, but are not intended to replicate, resettlement services funded by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Immigrants who entered the United States one of the following categories are eligible for services under this program:

  • Refugees;
  • Asylees;
  • Cuban or Haitian entrants;
  • Victims of human trafficking or criminal activity;
  • Abused spouses, children, or parents of U.S. citizens; and
  • Individuals on a Special Immigrant Visa (SIV). 

For a comprehensive list of classes of admission included in this funding opportunity, please see Appendix C of the NOFO in Attached Files below. This grant program strives to promote the long-term civic integration of vulnerable immigrants who have identified naturalization as a goal yet need additional support and instruction to attain it.

Proposed services must include the following three components:

A. Integration Services: Grant recipients will assess each program participant’s integration needs and then formulate individualized integration plans. Grantees will also be responsible for the provision of or referral to integration services, and for monitoring the progress of the integration plans.

B. Citizenship Instruction Services: Grant recipients will offer civics-based literacy instruction, civics-based ESL instruction, and citizenship instruction to provide enrolled immigrants with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for citizenship.

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

For detailed information on the three mandatory program components, see Section C.2, Eligibility Information, in the NOFO in Attached Files below. 

For Allowable Costs, see page 19 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204361

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,200,000

Number of Grants:

USCIS seeks to award approximately four to eight grants.

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 Applicants
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.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for this program, applicants must:
- Be an organization with public or nonprofit status.
- Demonstrate experience with, and extensive knowledge of the particular community they propose to serve and must describe how the proposed program design will address the identified integration needs of this population.
- Demonstrate a network of local service providers that they have established an ongoing relationship with for the provision of any proposed integration services that will not be provided directly by the applicant.
- 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.
- 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 Fiscal Year 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).

For Funding Restrictions, see page 19 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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:

Key Dates and Times
a. Application Start Date: 06/27/2022
b. Application Submission Deadline: 08/05/2022 at 11:59PM EST
c. Anticipated Award Date: No later than 09/30/2022

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
For Steps Required to Submit an Application, Unique Entity Identifier, and System for Award Management (SAM), see page 14 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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 here: 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.

Additional Information can be found on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/forms/planned-uei-updates.html

There is a minimum cost share requirement for this program of 10% of the total requested funding amount. For more information, see page 13 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=341432

Contact Information:

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

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 Grants.gov customer support at 1-800-518- 4726.

CFDA Number:

97.010

Funding or Pin Number:

DHS-22-CIS-010-003

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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