U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
08/05/22 11:59 PM EST
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#: 204363
USCIS anticipates awarding approximately three to six grants.
Up to $1,000,000 each
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
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 email@example.com.
USCIS Program Office (Office of Citizenship):
- Send all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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:
If you use assistive technology and are unable to access any materials on Grants.gov, please email the Support Center at email@example.com.
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.
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