Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program
USCIS Awards FY 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants
Nearly $10 Million Will Expand Citizenship Preparation Services in 24 States
On September 26, 2019, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants to 41 organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. The grants also aim to promote prospective citizens’ assimilation into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. Located in 24 states, these organizations will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for LPRs through September 2021.
Since it began in 2009, the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has awarded more than $92 million through 434 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Now in its 11th year, the program has helped more than 245,000 LPRs prepare for citizenship.
USCIS anticipates that approximately 25,000 LPRs will receive citizenship preparation services by Sept. 30, 2021, as a result of the fiscal year (FY) 2019 awards issued through the grant program. An additional 12,500 LPRs will be served by the ongoing FY 2018 program, which continues through Sept. 30, 2020.
USCIS awarded the grants through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services grant opportunity, which supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs.
In making final award decisions, USCIS took into account various program and organizational factors, including past grantee performance.
Organizations that receive awards under this program can only use grant funds to provide services to immigrants who have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
Grant Recipient Organizations
Under the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services funding opportunity, CI-CET-19-002 (PDF, 732 KB), grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs. These organizations include community and faith-based groups, public libraries, and adult education and literacy organizations.
FY 2019 recipient organizations serve both traditional immigrant population centers and emerging immigrant population centers in 24 states. Grant recipients will provide citizenship preparation services to approximately 25,000 LPRs originally from more than 50 countries. Grant recipients represent:
- Eight out of the top 10 states with the greatest increase in their LPR population and the most naturalizations between FY 2015 and 2017, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Virginia; and
- Five out of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the most naturalizations between FY 2015 and 2017, including Newark, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and San Francisco.
FY 2019 Grant Recipients
Grant recipients (in alphabetic order):
|1199SEIU League Training and Upgrading Fund||New York, NY||$250,000|
|Access California Services||Anaheim, CA||$250,000|
|Asian Counseling and Referral Service||Seattle, WA||$250,000|
|BPSOS Center for Community Advancement||Westminster, CA||$250,000|
|Burmese American Community Institute, Inc.||Indianapolis, IN||$225,000|
|Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans||New Orleans, LA||$225,000|
|Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, Inc.||Overland Park, KS||$250,000|
|Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada||Reno, NV||$250,000|
|Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa||Santa Rosa, CA||$237,500|
|Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fort Worth, Inc.||Fort Worth, TX||$250,000|
|Church World Service, Inc.||Durham, NC||$237,500|
|Emerald Isle Immigration Center||Woodside, NY||$250,000|
|English Skills Learning Center||Salt Lake City, UT||$250,000|
|Fresno Unified School District||Fresno, CA||$250,000|
|Hartford Public Library||Hartford, CT||$225,000|
|HIAS and Council Migration Services of Philadelphia, Inc.||Philadelphia, PA||$250,000|
|Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota||Saint Paul, MN||$250,000|
|Instituto del Progreso Latino||Chicago, IL||$225,000|
|International Institute of New England, Inc.||Boston, MA||$250,000|
|International Rescue Committee, Inc.||San Diego, CA||$250,000|
|International Rescue Committee, Inc.||Baltimore, MD||$250,000|
|International Rescue Committee, Inc.||Turlock, CA||$237,500|
|International Rescue Committee, Inc.||Seattle, WA||$250,000|
|Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County, Inc.||Milltown, NJ||$250,000|
|Jewish Family Service of San Diego||San Diego, CA||$225,000|
|Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts, Inc.||Springfield, MA||$250,000|
|Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Inc.||Louisville, KY||$250,000|
|Literacy New Jersey||Edison, NJ||$250,000|
|Lutheran Community Services Northwest||Portland, OR||$250,000|
|Lutheran Social Services of Colorado||Denver, CO||$250,000|
|Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid||Minneapolis, MN||$237,500|
|Montgomery College||Rockville, MD||$250,000|
|Pars Equality Center||Sherman Oaks, CA||$225,000|
|Progreso Latino, Inc.||Central Falls, RI||$250,000|
|School Board of Miami-Dade, FL||Miami, FL||$225,000|
|Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Inc.||Brooklyn, NY||$250,000|
|Skyline Literacy||Harrisonburg, VA||$250,000|
|The International Institute of Metropolitan St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||$225,000|
|United Methodist Cooperative Ministries/Suncoast, Inc.||Largo, FL||$237,500|
|Women for Afghan Women, Inc.||Fresh Meadows, NY||$250,000|
As part of the grant review process, USCIS reviewed more than 60 applications using two-member teams to evaluate each proposal. The reviewers scored applications numerically using published evaluation criteria. USCIS ranked the applications under each funding opportunity based on their average scores. The USCIS internal review panel determined the final list of recipients based on the ranked order, as well as the published strategic program priorities found on pages 17-18 of the notice of funding opportunity for CI-CET-19-002 (PDF, 732 KB).
For the news release, visit uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-awards-fy-2019-citizenship-and-assimilation-grants.
To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, visit grants.gov or call 800-518-4726.