U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
08/05/22 11:59 PM EST
Grants to USA government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Tribes for creative projects and programs to help new immigrants prepare to become United States citizens. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Funding is intended for innovative approaches to preparing immigrants for naturalization and encouraging the civic, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants into their communities. USCIS will consider applications for all types of citizenship preparation innovations. The most successful applicants will propose innovations that address an existing challenge within the citizenship preparation field and will include key performance indicators related to attaining U.S. citizenship.
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.
The goal of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program is to expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services for immigrants across the nation and to provide opportunities for immigrants to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to integrate into the fabric of American society.
Educating future citizens is a core component of the Citizenship and Integration Grant program. Citizenship education provides immigrants with the skills and knowledge they need to prepare for citizenship, including instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), U.S. history and government, and the naturalization process. Citizenship education programs have always faced challenges, such as student recruitment and retention, hiring qualified instructors, and tracking long-term program success. The COVID-19 pandemic magnified these challenges and created new hurdles to preparing immigrants for citizenship.
Simultaneously, the pandemic greatly accelerated change and innovation across nearly every sector. Many citizenship education programs have developed new and innovative ways of preparing students for citizenship. Similarly, welcoming communities are experimenting with creative ways to re-engage and reconnect with both immigrant and native-born populations.
Accordingly, USCIS is launching a special initiative – Innovations in Citizenship Education – designed to amplify innovation. USCIS will award innovations grants to organizations that foster creative approaches to preparing immigrants for naturalization and encouraging the civic, linguistic, and cultural integration of immigrants into their communities.
Examples of potential innovations include, but are not limited to:
A. Innovations that engage hard-to-reach populations,
B. Innovations in Citizenship preparation,
C. Innovations that build the capacity of other immigrant-serving organizations,
D. Innovations that support the digital access and digital literacy,
E. Innovations that develop new citizenship education tools or resources that can be shared nationally.
For Allowable Costs, see page 14 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.
GrantWatch ID#: 204362
Up to 40; The total number of awards will be determined based on the proposals received.
Maximum grant award is $250,000 ($125,000 for the first year and $125,000 for the second year)
- Period of Performance: 24 months
- Projected Period of Performance Start Date(s): 10/01/2022
- Projected Period of Performance End Date(s): 09/30/2024
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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