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New Immigrants Prepare to Become United States Citizens

Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program: Innovations in Citizenship Education

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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08/05/22 11:59 PM EST


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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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204362

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 40; The total number of awards will be determined based on the proposals received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant award is $250,000 ($125,000 for the first year and $125,000 for the second year)

Term of Contract:

- 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


  • 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:

Applicants will be judged on the merits of their proposal according to the criteria in the NOFO. Partnering with an organization that has substantial citizenship education experience and knowledge would be helpful in establishing capacity for successful proposals.

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:

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 One week before actual submission deadline
For Steps Required to Submit an Application, Unique Entity Identifier, and System for Award Management (SAM), see page 9 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: Entities that have not done business with the federal government may request a UEI via the System for Award Management (SAM) web page at: Receiving a UEI take 1-2 business days. registration information can be found at: Detailed information regarding UEI and SAM is also provided in Section D of the NOFO.

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There is a minimum cost share requirement for this program of 20% of the total requested funding amount. For more information, see page 7 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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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
- USCIS Office of Citizenship staff will respond within five business days.

DHS Grants Office: Send all questions to the Grants Officer at

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

If you use assistive technology and are unable to access any materials on, please email the Support Center at

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

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