Citizenship and Integration Grant Program
The application submission period is closed. Check back in September 2014 for the announcement of award recipients.
Fiscal Year 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program
On April 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for a competitive grant funding opportunity to promote immigrant civic integration and prepare permanent residents for citizenship. USCIS will offer up to $10 million in competitive funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. This funding opportunity is for public or non-profit organizations that prepare permanent residents for citizenship by offering both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services. Applications are due by May 16, 2014.
How to Apply
To be a funded program, you must provide the following two types of services under the funded program:
If you received a grant under the fiscal year (FY) 2013 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program funding opportunity DHS-13-CIS-010-002, you are ineligible for the FY 2014 funding opportunity because the FY 2013 program’s two-year period of performance will not expire before the start of the new program.
You must apply electronically for this grant using the application package and instructions available at www.grants.gov. You can find detailed application instructions in the funding opportunity announcement and on www.grants.gov.
You and any sub-applicants applying for federal funding must have a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Data Numbering System (DUNS) number and must register with the System for Award Management (SAM).
The Grants.gov website at www.grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp provides step-by-step instructions for obtaining a DUNS number and registering with SAM. USCIS strongly encourages you to obtain or update all registrations related to Grants.gov in advance of the May 16, 2014 deadline. USCIS has developed a tip sheet to help you prepare your proposals.
For additional information and updates on the FY 2014 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, visit www.uscis.gov/grants or contact the USCIS Office of Citizenship by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCIS will hold a stakeholder engagement on April 8, 2014, to address questions regarding the program. For more information on this engagement, visit www.uscis.gov/outreach/upcoming-national-engagements. To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, visit www.grants.gov or contact the Grants.gov support line at 1-800-518-4726.
Please direct all media inquiries to the USCIS Office of Communications at 202-272-1200.
Since the establishment of the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program in FY 2009, USCIS has awarded approximately $33 million through 182 grants to immigrant-serving organizations that have provided citizenship preparation services to more than 78,000 permanent residents in 33 states and the District of Columbia.
Through this grant opportunity, USCIS seeks to expand the availability of high-quality citizenship preparation services. Increased learning opportunities and additional citizenship instruction resources in communities will help permanent residents improve their English language skills, increase their knowledge of U.S. history and government, and understand the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Expanding the availability of citizenship preparation programs will help interested permanent residents access the support they need to successfully become U.S. citizens.
1 National Reporting System for Adult Education (NRS)
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/01/2014