Learn About the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program
Since 2009, 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.
The program has awarded more than $92 million through 434 competitive grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 39 states and the District of Columbia. The program has helped more than 267,000 lawful permanent residents (LPRs) prepare for U.S. citizenship.
The main goal of the grant program has generally been to provide citizenship instruction and application assistance to LPRs. Recipients of the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program have included various types of organizations such as community and faith-based groups, public libraries, and adult education and literacy organizations.
In some years, additional opportunities have been afforded to nonprofit organizations that established new citizenship instruction programs, expanded the quality and reach of their existing citizenship instruction programs, or provided ongoing assimilation services to LPRs who have entered the United States. In addition, the grant program has awarded grants to members or affiliates of national organizations that provided citizenship preparation services in communities across the country to build capacity throughout the United States.
The specific types of funding opportunities may change during each new funding year.
In September 2019, USCIS announced the award of nearly $10 million in grants to 41 organizations in 24 states through the Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services funding opportunity to help lawful permanent residents prepare and apply for U.S. citizenship. These organizations provide critical services to help lawful permanent residents 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.