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2011 Citizenship and Integration Grant Program

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As we begin the New Year, the USCIS Office of Citizenship is excited to announce the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program for fiscal year 2011. This year’s program will provide approximately $8.5 million to expand citizenship preparation programs across the nation for the growing number of immigrants seeking these services.

Here at USCIS, we work to ensure that all eligible immigrants who aspire to become citizens have access to the tools and resources they need to be successful. Local immigrant-serving organizations already working with immigrants are best positioned to evaluate the needs of their communities and tailor citizenship instruction and services to achieve the greatest impact.

Through this funding, we aim to promote measurable progress in the overall availability and quality of citizenship services. Expanded opportunities and additional resources in communities will allow a greater number of immigrants to improve their English language skills, cultivate their knowledge of U.S. history and civics, and appreciate the rights and responsibilities of becoming United States citizens. These additional skills play a significant role in increasing a new citizen’s ability to integrate into and contribute to American society.

In 2010, we awarded a total of $8.1 million in grants to 78 organizations. These grant recipients are currently providing much needed citizenship instruction and naturalization preparation assistance to more than 25,000 green card holders in 27 states and the District of Columbia.

Building on the success of the 2010 program, we will offer three competitive grant opportunities in 2011. Two Direct Services Grant Programs will strengthen locally-based citizenship preparation programs and the National Capacity Building Grant Program will increase the capacity of members or affiliates of national, regional, or statewide organizations to offer citizenship services in underserved communities. An estimated 35 awards are expected and grant recipients will be announced in September 2011. To learn more about these announcements, please visit www.uscis.gov/grants.

The application package is now available at http://www.grants.gov/. Please continue to check our grants page for updates and additional information. For citizenship-related educational materials, please visit our free online Citizenship Resource Center.

Rebecca S. Carson
Chief, USCIS Office of Citizenship