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USCIS Awards FY 2020 Citizenship and Assimilation Grants

Nearly $10 Million Will Expand Citizenship Preparation Services in 18 States

On Sept. 30, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants to 39 organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization. The grants also aim to promote prospective citizens’ integration into American civic life by funding educational programs designed to increase their knowledge of English, U.S. history and civics. Located in 18 states, these organizations will receive federal funding to support citizenship preparation services for LPRs through September 2022. These grants are made available via appropriated funds from Congress and can only be used for these awards.

Background

Since it began in 2009, the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program has awarded more than $102 million through 473 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. Now in its 12th year, the program has helped more than 278,000 LPRs prepare for citizenship. 

USCIS anticipates that approximately 25,000 LPRs will receive citizenship preparation services by Sept. 30, 2022, as a result of the fiscal year (FY) 2020 awards issued through the grant program. An additional 12,500 LPRs will be served by the ongoing FY 2019 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, DHS-200CIS-010-002 (PDF, 660.01 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 2020 recipient organizations serve both traditional immigrant population centers and emerging immigrant population centers in 18 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 between FY 2016 and 2018, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania; and 
  • Eight out of the top 10 states with the most naturalizations between FY 2016 and 2018, including California, New York, Florida, Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Washington.
  • Eight out of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the most naturalizations between FY 2016 and 2018, including New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston,  Boston, and Dallas. 
FY 2020 Grant Recipients

Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services

Organization Location Amount
Ansob Center for Refugees, Inc. Astoria, NY $249,586 
Asian Community & Cultural Center*  Lincoln, NE $250,000
Boat People SOS-Houston, Inc. Houston, TX  $250,000
BronxWorks, Inc. Bronx, NY $250,000 
Catholic Charities Diocese of Rochester  Rochester, NY $250,000 
Catholic Charities of Central Texas Austin, TX  $250,000 
Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. Dallas, TX  $250,000 
Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston Houston, TX  $250,000 
Catholic Charities of Orange County, Inc. Santa Ana, CA  $250,000 
Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas, Inc.* Dodge City, KS $250,000 
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton Stockton, CA $250,000 
Catholic Charities San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA  $225,000
Catholic Migration Services, Inc. Brooklyn, NY $250,000
Chinese American Service League Chicago, IL   $250,000
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Portland, OR  $250,000
Hillsborough County Public Schools* Tampa, FL $250,000
Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc. Hollywood, FL $250,000
Hope CommUnity Center Apopka, FL $250,000
Instepp, Inc. Durham, NC $249,401 
International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit Detroit, MI $250,000
International Rescue Committee, Inc.  Phoenix, AZ $249,976
International Rescue Committee, Inc.  Los Angeles, CA $249,976
Jewish Family & Children's Service Pittsburgh, PA $250,000
Jewish Vocational Service of MetroWest, Inc. East Orange, NJ   $250,000
Korean Community Center of the East Bay San Leandro, CA $250,000 
La Casa de Don Pedro Newark, NJ $250,000 
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 Lancaster, PA $250,000 
Lutheran Services in Iowa Des Moines, IA $250,000 
Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Sioux Falls, SD $250,000 
New American Association of Massachusetts Lynn, MA $250,000 
Polish American Association Chicago, IL  $250,000 
Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.* Quincy, MA $221,821 
Refugee Women's Alliance Seattle, WA  $250,000 
Tacoma Community House Tacoma, WA  $250,000 
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro* Greensboro, NC  $250,000 
Young Women's Christian Association of Tulsa Tulsa, OK $250,000 

 

Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program

Organization Location Amount
Catholic Charities of Syracuse Syracuse, NY $300,000
Chaldean American Ladies of Charity* Troy, MI $300,000
Chaldean Community Foundation Sterling Heights, MI $299,675
Review Process

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 DHS-200CIS-010-002 (PDF, 660.01 KB) and on page 21 of the notice of funding opportunity for DHS-20-CIS-010-003 (PDF, 675.54 KB).

Contact Information

For additional information on the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please contact the USCIS Office of Citizenship at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov or visit uscis.gov/grants

To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, visit grants.gov or call 800-518-4726.

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