Grant Program

On July 25, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for two competitive funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program. Both funding opportunities aim to prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. Through these two funding opportunities, USCIS will offer up to $10 million in competitive funding for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country. Find out how to apply.


For grantees who are affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, there are some accommodations we can make. For more information, please contact citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov and read the related OMB Memo: Administrative Relief for Grantees Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria (PDF, 106 KB).

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 a total of $73 million through 353 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The program has helped more than 190,000 permanent residents prepare for U.S. citizenship.

Grant Program Highlights
 

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Grant Recipients

Citizenship instruction grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations that are local in scope and service delivery area and that have recent experience providing English as a second language (ESL) instruction in a classroom setting that follows a curriculum. They include faith-based groups, and community and literacy organizations.

Citizenship instruction and naturalization application services grant recipients are public or private nonprofit organizations with recent experience providing citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to eligible permanent residents. They include public school systems, public libraries, community and faith-based groups, adult education organizations, and literacy organizations.

FY 2017 Recipients        

FY 2016 Recipients        

Past Recipients

In September 2017, USCIS announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants under two competitive funding opportunities to 45 organizations in 26 states to help permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship.

The first grant opportunity supports organizations that provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application assistance. The second opportunity supports citizenship education programs at eligible community-based organizations, with no requirement to provide naturalization application assistance. The second opportunity seeks to encourage the expansion of the existing field of citizenship instruction programs, particularly those offered by small, community-based organizations that have not previously received a grant from USCIS.

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Grantees in Action

USCIS grant recipients have demonstrated impressive creativity and innovation as they use grant funds to promote citizenship and immigrant assimilation in their local communities. The program success stories highlighted below illustrate the important work of immigrant assimilation undertaken by USCIS grant programs throughout the country. Whether by engaging the immigrant teen population in early outreach, or by using technological innovation to facilitate citizenship education, these grant programs are leading the way in their communities.

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Engaging Immigrant Teens in Hartford, CT

The Hartford Public Library has begun a dedicated effort to educate immigrant teens about citizenship and the naturalization process. Hartford High School students can choose to participate in an academic citizenship class, a senior capstone project, or an internship program. The students engage in outreach related to the citizenship process and volunteer to assist eligible lawful permanent residents in their community as they pursue citizenship. [Read more.]

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Creating a Citizenship Class Website for Students in Houston, TX

Boat People SOS- Houston used Google Sites and Google Forms to create the BPSOS-Houston Citizenship website. This site contains practice vocabulary quizzes, pronunciations with audio sound, interview tips, class updates, and exercises. The link can be accessed on students’ smart phones so they can continue to review resources from anywhere. [Read more.]

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Improving English through Telephone Conversation Partners in St. Louis, MO

The International Institute of St. Louis developed a “Telephone Conversation Partners” program with a telephone-based curriculum to provide structured citizenship learning and interview practice outside the classroom. Students and tutors spend 30 minutes together over the phone each week to review practice questions about U.S. history, the legislative branch, and citizenship rights and responsibilities. [Read more.]

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Bringing Naturalization Legal Services to the Classroom in Baltimore, MD

Baltimore City Community College partners with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to increase student access to legal information and services. Once a semester, the IRC’s DOJ-accredited representatives visit the citizenship classes to conduct a “mini-workshop” in which they explain the application process to students, screen students for naturalization eligibility, and fill out the Form N-400 for any students who are eligible and ready to apply. [Read more.]

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Recruiting Law Student Volunteers to Help with Citizenship Application Workshops in San Francisco, CA

The International Institute of the Bay Area works with the Stanford Law School Pro Bono Project to recruit law student volunteers who assist permanent residents in preparation for the naturalization application and interview. The law students gain experience serving as mock immigration officers, while IIBA provides them with training on the naturalization requirements and interview process. [Read more.]

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Preparing Students for the Naturalization Process through One-on-One Mock Interviews in New York, NY

The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights (NMCIR) supplements citizenship instruction with one-on-one mock interviews to ensure students are well-equipped for the naturalization process. Staff members and volunteers provide students with the opportunity to practice their verbal communication and listening skills, while overcoming apprehension they may have related to the interview. [Read more.]

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Connecting Prospective Students to Citizenship Services in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) takes an innovative approach to connect with community members seeking immigration services by employing a full time “New Americans Navigator.” The Navigator serves as the main point of contact for prospective citizenship students and guides them to the appropriate services as they go through the process of applying for naturalization. BPL has enhanced access to immigration services through a customer service-focused approach to outreach. [Read more.]

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Program in Action

See photos of the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program.

USCIS hosts a naturalization information session and a mock naturalization interview demonstration at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center in Woodside, NY.

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