Fiscal Year 2019 Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program Opportunities
On July 30, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for two competitive funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. Through these two opportunities, USCIS will offer up to $10 million in competitive funding for programs that help prepare lawful permanent residents (LPRs) for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.
For additional information on the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program for fiscal year 2019, visit uscis.gov/grants.
About the Citizenship and Assimilation Grants
The Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has been a part of a multifaceted effort to provide citizenship preparation resources, support, and information to immigrants and immigrant-serving organizations since 2009.
The program has awarded more than $82 million through 393 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia. The program has helped more than 200,000 lawful permanent residents prepare for U.S. citizenship.
Citizenship instruction and naturalization application services grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to lawful permanent residents (LPRs). These organizations include community and faith-based groups, public libraries, and adult education and literacy organizations.
Refugee and asylee assimilation program grant recipients are also public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to LPRs. These organizations must also have extensive experience providing ongoing assimilation services to LPRs who have entered the United States as refugees or asylees and have a robust network of local service providers to refer clients to as needed. The organizations include faith-based groups and community organizations.
In September 2018, USCIS announced the award of $9.425 million in grants under two competitive funding opportunities to 40 organizations in 19 states to help permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship.
USCIS awarded the grants through two competitive funding opportunities. The first funding opportunity supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance to lawful permanent residents (LPRs). The second funding opportunity supports organizations that provide extended assimilation services to LPRs who have entered the United States as refugees or asylees. These organizations provide critical services to help LPRs obtain the skills and knowledge they need to prepare for the naturalization interview and test, while simultaneously fostering a sense of belonging and attachment to the United States.