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Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribes, and
IHEs to Enhance Services for Immigrants

Citizenship and Integration Direct Services Grant Program: Regional Hub Program

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 government agencies, nonprofit organizations, Tribes, and IHEs to enhance services for immigrants. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a full proposal. Applicants must include partnerships with other public or non-profit organizations in their proposal. Partnerships with state and/or local governments, particularly Offices of New Americans and/or Immigrant Affairs are encouraged.

The goal of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Regional Hub 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.

In fiscal year (FY) 2022, federal funding is available for eligible organizations to manage citizenship networks that build capacity among their affiliates/members to provide direct citizenship preparation services to immigrants. Anticipated grants will fund program management costs, organizational capacity building costs, costs associated with holding regular community stakeholder meetings, technical assistance costs, as well as costs for select affiliates/members to develop and implement sustainable local citizenship preparation programs. Applicants are expected to serve as a hub for communication and information sharing on citizenship preparation among their affiliates/members and within the broader community. Applicants must propose to hold regular meetings of citizenship preparation service providers and other relevant community stakeholders engaged in immigrant integration in the public and private sectors to share information and foster coordination of citizenship preparation and promotion efforts. 

The objective of this funding opportunity is to build capacity for citizenship education and naturalization application services, including identifying service provision gaps and fostering coordinating and information sharing among providers in a given state or area to more wholistically address needs. Successful applications will demonstrate how the principal applicant will work with the network to improve naturalization outcomes and better reach underserved groups or geographic areas, including improving access to low cost or free citizenship services. DHS reserves the right to approve funding for some or all of the proposed sub-applicant programs.

Proposed services must include the following components:

A. Capacity Building and Technical Assistance: The principal applicant must have demonstrated experience providing capacity building and technical assistance to organizations serving immigrant or education communities. Successful applicants will include how the principal applicant will provide subject-matter expertise and technical assistance to develop direct citizenship instruction and naturalization application services.

B. Citizenship Preparation Services: Sub-applicants must provide citizenship preparation services, under the guidance of the principal applicant. For the purpose of this grant program, citizenship preparation service include:

1. 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; and

2. Naturalization Application Services: Within the scope of the authorized practice of immigration law, organizations assist qualified program participants in preparing and submitting Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, preparing for the naturalization interview, and providing on-going case management.

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

For Allowable Costs, see page 23 of the NOFO in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 204363

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

USCIS anticipates awarding approximately three to six grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000,000 each

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance: 24 months
Note: extensions are permitted. See Section H, Additional Information, Period of Performance Extensions in the NOFO in Attached Files below for more information.
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
  • 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
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The organization that submits an application in support of a citizenship network will be referred to in this funding announcement as “the principal applicant.” The principal applicant should be a national, regional, statewide, or multi-county organization, or an organization that works throughout a large metropolitan area. The affiliates/members that will implement local citizenship preparation programs will be referred to as “sub-applicants.”

Principal applicants must propose a minimum of three (3) sub-applicants within the grant application. The principal applicant should select the sub-applicants based on their need for, and potential to benefit from, the citizenship preparation capacity building and technical assistance services provided by the principal applicant. Successful principal applicants will also include potential network members who may not be sub-applicants but who are involved in citizenship support and promotion work in the geographically delimited region (i.e., comprehensively identifying the stakeholders and participants for network coordination and meetings).

For Eligibility Criteria for Principal Applicants and Eligibility Criteria for Sub-Applicants, see page 10 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Not Eligible
Current awardees and sub-awardees under the FY 2021 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program (funding opportunity DHS-21-CIS-010-002) are not eligible to receive funding under this funding opportunity and awardees under the Community and Regional Integration Network Program (DHS-21-CIS-010-003) are not eligible to apply to this program.

Regional Hub sub-applicants may not separately apply as the primary applicant under any of the FY 2022 Citizenship and Integration Grant Programs, as sub-applicants are potentially eligible for the Regional Hub grant based on their demonstrated need for capacity building and support developing or expanding citizenship education services.

If DHS determines at any point during the review process that an application does not meet these eligibility requirements, the application will be removed from further consideration. For more information, see page 15 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

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 withcommercial 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:

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=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 16 of the NOFO in Attached Files, below.

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-010-001

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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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